Posts about Energy Efficiency

Across Europe and beyond, businesses are moving their mission-critical data to the Nordics. With cheaper land prices and cold conditions ideal for cooling servers, the cost advantages offered by data centers in Scandinavia and the Baltics are impossible to ignore. Even more significant is the low price of electricity, which makes running a data center near the North Pole incredibly efficient – in many cases, up to 50% cheaper when compared with central Europe ...
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In recent years, we’ve seen a huge boom in the number of businesses – both big and small – looking to invest in Nordic data centers. Perhaps the two most recognizable names to build facilities in and around the “Node Pole” are Google, which opened a huge data center in Hamina on Finland’s southern coastline, and Facebook, that opened its first data center outside the US in Luleå, Sweden. The rush to locate these facilities near the Arctic Circle is no coincidence ...
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Here's my Real CTO conversation with Aamir Hussain of CenturyLink. Prayson: Aamir, I appreciate your time today. Can you tell us a little bit about CenturyLink’s role in the NFV transformation? Aamir: You know, we look at technologies like software defined networking and network functions virtualization as means to bringing services to our customer when they want, where they want — on their terms. And it’s all about ease of use in their on-boarding. It’s less about technology ...
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We're all encouraged to minimise our energy footprint and we're certainly aware of the escalating growth in its cost. I’ve invested in low energy light bulbs and routinely ensure that all my devices and other equipment are turned off at night rather than leaving them on standby. It's what we've been told to do! In fact, energy ratings of white goods allude to energy efficiency, which has improved over the last decade or so. Likewise, a new range of consumer electronic products claims to be more power efficient – even the new Intel Skylake processor is eco-friendlier than its predecessors. There are ‘apps’ too that allow you to control your home from afar, enabling you to make decisions about your heating, lighting and the security of your premises, all of which is neatly placed under the Internet of Things (IoT) umbrella (honestly that’s another article). Nonetheless, as consumers, it’s unavoidable that we need to be more conscious of our energy consumption and the energy footprint we leave. My energy bill regularly reflects a monthly indulgence in energy usage and, similarly, it can also reflect my greenish behaviour when my bill is ...
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Last week, an interesting study was published by Musictank, entitled “The Dark Side of the Tune: The Hidden Energy cost of Digital Music Consumption”. The report examines the environmental impact from an energy efficiency and carbon foot-print view, of the current shifts in content consumption from an “ownership of physical product” towards “access via cloud-based content services”.
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