Taking a Blogging Break until July 1, some top traffic posts

One time a friend asked me how often I write a blog entry?  2 - 3 times a day.  Wow you are a pervasive blogger.  Well sometimes I find I write 5 posts a day. 

My new goal for the next 11 days, 0 (zero) blog entries.  I am going on vacation, and will disconnect to recharge.

Here are some of my top blog entries that some of you may have missed. 

Thanks for continuing to visit www.greenm3.com.

-Dave Ohara



Apple Recruits eBay Data Center Executive Olivier Sanche , Can Apple Change Data Centers the way they changed cell phone and media players?

I have been lucky to meet eBay’s Sr. Director, Data Center Services & Strategy, Olivier Sanche  at a variety of data center events and discuss many different green data center ideas. Last week, Olivier joined me as a panel member at Data Center Dynamics Seattle to discuss Carbon Reporting: Risk or Opportunity.  Olivier took a position different than many that carbon reduction is a must, and should not be compromised. 


Renewable Energy Conversation with Sierra Club’s Carl Zichella

At Data Center Dynamics SF, I had a chance to meet Carl Zichella, Director of Western Renewable Program , CA, NV, HI.  Carl has been going to DCD for years, and here are a few of his comments in a video from past conferences.

Given Carl’s expertise I asked what resources he would point to research renewable energy. NREL was his first suggestion.


Simplicity and the Data Center, a path to a Happier Data Center?

One area I use to gauge how good a data center designer is whether they talk about simplicity in the data center.  I can think of people at Google and Microsoft who regularly use simplicity as a design goal.  And, there are many others.  Why simplicity is important is articulated well in this post by Matthieu Ricard who discusses simplicity as applied to an approach to life, and for many companies data centers are their life.  If data centers suffer, then the company suffers.


Social Security Administration picks the wrong data center site, mistakes in power costs, telecommunications access, and cost of construction

This would be funny, if it wasn’t a potential $500 million data center built by the US Gov’t by the Social Security Administration. The Office of Inspector General caught the error.

In particular, when developing the mandatory selection criteria, it does not appear that consideration was given to the serious fiscal impact that exclusions would have in the electrical power cost arena over the life cycle of the data center. Finally, in evaluating the telecommunications criteria concepts, SeBS found only limited information.


Sustainable Farming Method applied to Sustainable Data Centers, Dan Barber's entertaining how I fell in love with a fish, it's about relationships

This is a video that has 5 stars. It is entertaining, funny and educational.

Here is Huffington post article about the video.

Dan Barber: How I Fell in Love With a Fish

Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie's honeymoon he's enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain.


Bill Gates has the data for connection between energy and climate, sees opportunities for Gates Foundation and his own money - Terrapower

Bill Gates recently presented at the TED conference.



Google’s Secret to efficient Data Center design – ability to predict performance

DataCenterKnowledge has a post on Google’s (Public, NASDAQ:GOOG) future envisioning 10 million servers.

Google Envisions 10 Million Servers
October 20th, 2009 : Rich Miller

Google never says how many servers are running in its data centers. But a recent presentation by a Google engineer shows that the company is preparing to manage as many as 10 million servers in the future.

Google’s Jeff Dean was one of the keynote speakers at an ACM workshop on large-scale computing systems, and discussed some of the technical details of the company’s mighty infrastructure, which is spread across dozens of data centers around the world.