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    Sunday
    Apr132014

    2nd guess is Project Alluvion is Microsoft, not Amazon

    When someone asked who was behind Project Alluvion I guessed Amazon, but knew it was a guest when I posted.

    Project Alluvion is??? Amazon or someone else?

    I was talking to a data center friend and he tipped who was behind Alluvion, so I corrected myself to my friends who asked, but I couldn’t post based on a conversation that is not a public disclosure

    I have friends asking me if I know who is behind Project Alluvion.  My guess to throw out there is Amazon.

    DesMoines Register posts on the public document discovery that Microsoft’s GFS employees are registered for Project Alluvion.  My data center friends tip was right.  My guess was wrong.  Oh well, it was a guess.

    Microsoft appears to be the company behind “Project Alluvion,” the newest data center project proposed for Iowa, according to documents provided to The Des Moines Register.

    In the documents, acquired by the Register through a public records request, West Des Moines city and water works officials discuss Project Alluvion and the project’s water needs with Brian Andersen and Ray Cheng, two employees of GFS Data Center Engineering, a division of Microsoft that works on the company’s cloud storage and data center services.

    Both Andersen and Cheng show Microsoft as their current place of employment on their profiles for a social network site.

    Part of public disclosures are driven by the need to improve the water infrastructure to support the cooling needs of the data center.

    The proposed new data center project, at full build out, could use up to 2.4 million or 6 million gallons of water in a single day when temperatures reach 90 or higher, according to differing figures from West Des Moines and Des Moines waterworks officials.

    The projected usage demands significant infrastructure expansion — potentially a new water tower or underground aquifer and storage tank for reserve water — at West Des Moines or Des Moines waterworks facilities.

    When you build really big data centers it is hard to hide.  Google, Facebook, and Apple know this as well as Microsoft.

    Saturday
    Apr122014

    Apple acquires a 3-3.5MW Hydroelectric Power Plant for Prineville DC, no Dam required

    News is starting to spread on Apple’s acquiring a hydroelectric power plant for its prineville data center.

    Apple acquires hydroelectric project near its Prineville data center

     
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    The first of two, 338,000-square-foot Apple data center buildings in Prineville, shown last year when it was still under construction. The company says it will power the facility with renewable energy. (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian (2013))

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Details that the data center crowd cares about are here.

    Under the proposal, the 45-mile Hydroelectric Project will not have a dam. EBD Hydro plans to divert water from the irrigation canal, run it through turbines and generate enough electricity to power between 2,100 and 2,450 homes.

    The pipes and turbines will be located about two miles north of Haystack Reservoir, several miles east of Culver, according to documents filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    Power generation will only take place when water is running in the canal. Except for stock runs, most irrigation districts shut off irrigation water in the winter months.

    EBD Hydro began the process more than two years ago, Gordon said. While it has been difficult, the company appreciated the support the project received from the governor, state and federal lawmakers.

    The Rural Energy for America Program offers funding to help rural businesses with renewable energy projects and those that increase energy efficiency, according to the news release.

    I’ll be in Bend at the of the month for the kids ski race.  i’ll see if I make a run to any of the spaces, but most likely not.  If anything I am going to the Bend, OR breweries

    Some of my favorites are Deschutes and Boneyard.

    Deschutes

    Deschutes BreweryEst. 1988, Bend – The one and only “original craftster” brew pub, formerly known as Fish Brewing! Stop by  the now two-story pub, aptly  named “Brew 1”, that started the craft brew industry in Bend. Woot! Visit the Deschutes Brewery page.

     

     

     

     

    Boneyard

    Boneyard Beer CoEst. 2009, Bend – When Tony Lawrence launched his brewing company, he went straight to the “boneyard.” In different jargon, you might say he went to a used-car lot searching for a classic vehicle. Them bones are tasty! Read more on theBoneyard Beer Co page. Cheers!

     

     

    Friday
    Apr112014

    What Happened to NxGen Modular? Website is Unavailable

    There are two places I know of that have NxGen Modular Data Centers.  Each of these was driven by specific individuals who I doubt would claim to be the decision maker in choosing NxGen Modular.  

    What is the problem?  How about the NxGen Modular site is unavailable for a week and looks like it has vanished from the data center landscape.  The current page says only this. http://www.nxgenmodular.com

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    Thanks to Google you can see the page was last live on Apr 4, 2014.

    THIS IS GOOGLE'S CACHE OF HTTP://WWW.NXGENMODULAR.COM/. IT IS A SNAPSHOT OF THE PAGE AS IT APPEARED ON APR 5, 2014 21:42:33 GMT. THE CURRENT PAGE COULD HAVE CHANGED IN THE MEANTIME. LEARN MORE
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    Wonder how much longer the NxGen Modular installations will last give the company has disappeared and the people who choose NxGen have moved on as well.

    Thursday
    Apr102014

    Washington hit with 911 outage, what was cause?

    Here is something you don’t hear about too often.  911 outage.  Washington state had an outage that lasted for hours.

    Washington state 911 restored after overnight outage

    by KING 5 News and Associated Press

    Posted on April 10, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    Updated today at 7:54 AM

     

     

    SEATTLE  -- 911 service has been restored in Washington following a statewide outage Thursday.

    CenturyLink spokeswoman Kerry Zimmer says it's unknown if the problem was caused by computer hacking or an equipment problem.

    Zimmer says it began about 1:30 a.m. Thursday at Sheridan, Ore., and service in Oregon was also affected for a time.

    All service was restored just after 7 a.m.

    Monday
    Apr072014

    Veterans in the DC continue to grow, Uptime joins the efforts

    People with military experience are all over the data center industry, but what hasn’t existed is a proactive effort to give veterans a clear path to work in the DC industry.

    Veterans in the Data Center initiative has Lee Kirby to thank and the following companies who joined early.

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    The latest to join is Uptime Institute.

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    About Uptime Institute Veterans’ Initiative

    The catalyst for the Uptime Institute Veterans’ Initiative was at the Uptime Institute Network meeting in spring of 2013.  Lee Kirby, who at the time was CEO and Founder of Salute Inc., presented what he was striving to accomplish for military veterans within the data center industry.  His unique approach to proving the value of veterans caught the attention of Uptime Institute and its Network Members and a subcommittee was developed to address the personnel shortage in the data center industry and how to better target and attract Veteran applicants. Founding members included representation from Compass Datacenters, Bayer, and General Electric, among others.

    Beyond building the job forum within this website, the subcommittee is establishing a foundation of training for veterans whose military specialty did not include technical training and will assess and recommend human resource polices.

    If you are interested in participating or learning more about the initiative please contact us:
    +1 206 706-4149
    veterans@uptimeinstitute.com

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