Entries with tag datacenters.

Report Examines Tech Firms’ Green Footprints

A newly released Greenpeace report says that Apple, Facebook, and Google are increasingly adopting renewable energy sources but that the energy-intensive data centers that other leading Internet firms run are still reliant on coal and gas. Greenpeace gave Apple, which uses a mix of solar and -cell technologies at its North Carolina data center, a perfect 100 percent Clean Energy Index score. The organization gave Facebook and Google 49 percent and 48 percent scores, respectively. On the other hand, it gave Amazon Web Services a 15 percent score, in part for using nuclear- and coal-energy sources to run its datacenters. In its biennial report, Google evaluated 19 companies with 300 datacenters and estimated how of much each company’s Internet infrastructure is based on renewable energy. Renewable energy credits, which companies can buy to meet US clean-energy goals, were not included in the assessments. Greenpeace’s report, Clicking Clean: How Companies are Creating the Green Internet”—is available online at www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/A-Green-Internet/clickingclean. (Reuters)(CNET)(Greenpeace)

Intel Readies 800 Gigabit per Second Fiber Technology

Intel plans to release 800-gigabit-per-second (Gbps) fiber cables later this year, for use primarily in supercomputers and datacenters. Today, large datacenters typically use 10-Gbps cables. These new cables offer faster data transmission speeds at greater distances. The technology will likely be used for faster switch connections or linking servers to either extra storage or GPUs. The new product is based on Intel’s Silicon Photonics technology, which enables speeds of 25 Gbps for each fiber strand within the cable, and can maintain 800-Gbps rates over distances of up to 300 meters. (SlashDot)(Ars Technica) 

Switzerland Banking on Becoming World’s Data Vault

Swiss data-storage companies say their reputation for not sharing personal information could make Switzerland the place where many companies choose to locate their datacenters. They say this trend is due in part to revelations about government authorities in some countries pressuring businesses—such as Facebook, Google, and Skype—to turn over user data for various purposes. Swiss law defines personal data as a “precious good” that cannot be relinquished to governments or other authorities without judicial authorization. Many of its datacenters thus feature extensive security, including armed guards, biometric security scanners for admission to the facility, and the ability to withstand a nuclear attack. (SlashDot)(Security Week)

Google Announces Expansion of European Datacenter

Google announced Wednesday it plans a 300 million-euro expansion of its Belgian datacenter. The upgrade is being designed such that the Internet search firm can keep pace with growing European data volumes and storage demand. The data center, located in St. Ghislain southwest of Brussels, now has 120 employees. Google also has European datacenters in Ireland and Finland. (Associated Press)(ZDNet)

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