Duke Pumps $500M Into Renewable Energy i

Duke Pumps $500M Into Renewable Energy in N. Carolina http://ow.ly/ByxUp

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Study: Facebook Data Center in North Carolina Has Massive Economic Impact

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Data centers have a huge economic impact on the local community, but what about Facebook’s mega-data centers? Facebook has provided economic impact studies in Sweden and Oregon, and the figures are staggering. A new study by RTI and Facebook examines the economic effects of Facebook’s data center in Forest City, North Carolina.

Facebook began construction of the Forest City facility in 2011 and it went live in April 2012. Over three years, the data center has resulted in addition of 4,700 jobs across North Carolina, including direct creation of 2,600 jobs, according to the report. The company contributed $526 million in capital spending statewide, generating $680 million in economic output. Facebook’s 2013 operations in North Carolina and the economic activity it generated are associated with more than $1 million in state and local taxes.

In total, between 2011 and 2013 the data center generated a total gross economic impact of $707 million and supported 5,000 jobs across the state.

For every $1 million of output resulting from direct capital expenditures, another $700,000 in output is generated elsewhere in the state. For every $1 million in value added, $1.1 million is generated elsewhere in the state. And for every 10 jobs created from direct capital expenditures, eight jobs are created elsewhere in the state.

Facebook directly supported approximately $337,000 in state personal income tax collection in 2013 through the incomes of its employees. It also added $198,000 to local property tax, paid $336,000 gross receipts tax on electricity usage and $194,000 in franchise taxes to the state.

There are also several other impacts such as donations to local schools, and a partnership with Forrest to provide free local Wi-Fi. Facebook has distributed around $450,000 in community action grants and other community assistance in Rutherford country to support local non-profits and organizations.

“As Facebook continues its mission of connecting the world, we are proud of our role as a community partner in strengthening the Forest City region and adding to its long-term success,” wrote Kevin McCammon, site data center manager in Forest City.

The company previously released an economic impact study of its Luleå, Sweden data center. In Sweden, Facebook directly created nearly 1,000 new jobs and generated local economic impact that amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Facebook had a similar study done for its data center site in Prineville, Oregon, by economic consultants ECONorthwest. That study, announced in May, concluded the company’s data center construction over five years had created about 650 jobs in Central Oregon and about 3,600 jobs in the state overall.

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Level 3’s Brazil Data Center is now ISO 9001

brazilLevel 3 has made its Latin America-based data centers even more valuable by earning the international ISO 9001 Certification for Quality Management for its data centers in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, Brazil.

ISO 9001:2008 certification is an international standard that sets out the criteria for a quality management system. It reviews a number of quality indicators, including customer orientation, executive management support, focus on process management and management systems and commitment to continual improvement.

After TÜV Rheinland and the Argentine Accreditation Body (OAA) jointly conducted an internal and external audit process that comprised an evaluation of Level 3’s data center operations, infrastructure and related processes at its facilities in Brazil, certification was granted to three of its data centers.

The service provider said the new certification, which is valid for three years, is part of an ongoing improvement and measurement process that enables Level 3 to optimize its quality standards and continue offering high-quality service to its customers.

“With this third-party seal of approval, customers have the assurance Level 3 is focused on providing quality products and continually improving its services,” said Leonardo Barbero, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Level 3 in Latin America, in a release.

Besides Brazil, four of Level 3’s data centers in Argentina also are ISO 9001 certified.

Data center expansion also has been a major priority for Level 3. Already operating 350 data centers worldwide, the service provider recently opened its latest center in Herndon, Va., in response to the burgeoning demand for cloud and enterprise services.

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Data Center Companies are finding Cleveland

ClevelandCleveland — Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information.

BYTEGRID, which got its start in northern Virginia, is investing millions to convert a small data center near downtown Cleveland into a large one capable of using enough electricity to power around 20,000 homes. At least one other company is looking for a site in Cleveland, and several more have established sites in the city and its suburbs.

“One of the things that is attracting data centers to Cleveland is we have a lot of industries with a lot of data,” said Tracey Nichols, director of city’s Department of Economic Development.

Data centers do not create large numbers of jobs directly, Nichols said, but their existence is a big attraction to companies that use massive amounts of data. Hospitals and medical research centers such as the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, for example, are prime customers for data centers. Nichols hopes these data centers will help grow the city’s fledgling health tech corridor. Information technology companies like Rosetta and Brandmuscle have come to Cleveland, in part, because of its high-speed, fiber-optic data and Internet connections, Nichols and others said.

“We have a very robust fiber trunk that runs through Cleveland, which means excellent connectivity,” Nichols said.

Ken Parent, chief operating officer of BYTEGRID, said his company is spending millions to renovate and expand a data center on the edge of downtown because of that connectivity.

Connectivity is best described as the speed at which data flows. If copper wire, one of the means by which homes are connected with telephone, Internet and cable service, is a gentle stream, then fiber-optic cable is a raging river. Or think of it this way: It takes 33 tons of copper wire to transmit the same amount of data as one-quarter pound of fiber-optic cable, a single strand of which is thinner than a human hair.

It’s ironic that a Rust Belt city like Cleveland, once a manufacturing giant brought to its knees by disruptive technologies and business models, is so well-suited to the Internet age. The superhighways of the 19th and early 20th centuries – rail lines – have proven to be the ideal conduit for routing fiber-optic cable, much like the telegraph lines of old.

“It’s an infrastructure legacy,” said Kevin Goodman, managing director and a partner in BlueBridge Networks, which has a downtown data center near Playhouse Square and a larger facility in suburban Mayfield Heights.

Servers, like all computers, hew to Moore’s Law – computing power roughly doubles every two years. That means smaller and smaller computers that run faster and faster and are capable of holding even more data. But those smaller computers run hotter and require more electricity. At a data center, one kilowatt of electricity spent powering servers requires an equal amount of electricity to keep them cool.

And that is one of Cleveland’s biggest attractions. Parent says power can cost 13 to 16 cents per kilowatt in the Northwestern U.S. but only 5 or 6 cents in Cleveland.

Goodman said BlueBridge wants to reduce its carbon footprint, but he acknowledged that high electric use is unavoidable.

“Power is king,” he said.

Data centers, sometimes called server farms, perform a number of vital services to businesses, both high- and low-tech. They provide a secure environment for companies to put servers, which are computers loaded with applications and programs and hard drives for storing data. Companies lease servers from data centers and use them to create a cloud that allows them to operate without having to own or provide space for their own servers. And companies with their own servers also co-locate – lease server space to back up some or all of their data and to give themselves the means to operate should their own servers fail or should a catastrophic weather or seismic event occur.

In addition to connectivity, data centers sell security. The buildings in which server farms are located are typically thick, reinforced concrete and steel structures. Data center companies sell to potential clients the existence of generator farms that provide electricity in case of a power outage. But security in the data center world also means the promise of impenetrable firewalls and intrusion detection and protection programs to thwart hackers.

Hackers have always been the scourge of the Information Age, as Target Corp. discovered late last year when the credit card information of millions of its customers was stolen.

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CentriLogic Acquires U.S. Virgin Islands

CentriLogic Acquires U.S. Virgin Islands Data Center http://ow.ly/AOyz7

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C7 Data Centers uses Data Decoupling to

C7 Data Centers uses Data Decoupling to Cut Costs – http://ow.ly/AJi7B

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4 Green Data Center Certifications to Think About

certifiedWith U.S. President Obama’s recent decree about better business practices to address climate change, more companies are thinking green.

Sure, software defined data center technologies are hot right now, but data center education needs more than just knowing how to deploy another virtual machine. We anticipate that green data centers are going to continue to trend upward as the cost of energy goes up and further legislation makes old energy hog switches a thing of the past.

You may already know about the best green data center conferences, but green certifications could help further distinguish your data center and employees from others in the market place.  Here are some of the prominent green certifications to consider for your data center personnel.

Six Sigma – There are a several levels of Six Sigma certifications – from dabblers to full indoctrinators and Master Black Belts. These certifications are especially useful for IT data center management positions and/or executives in a very large data-centric organization.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Operation and Maintenance: Data Centers – This certification address the specific “needs of high density computing equipment such as server racks, used for data storage and processes.” As new data centers go up in the wake of big data, qualified data center professionals will further differentiate your employees.

Schneider Electric Data Center Certified Associate (DCCA) – There are loads of vendor-specific data center certifications out there, but the DCCA focuses on the physical realities of the data center infrastructures – we’re talking power and cooling, racks, cabling and management. The free training courses from Schneider Electric can be completed in about 15 hours, and the single exam only costs about $250, which makes it the best bargain on this list. Schneider also offers the Professional Energy Manager (PEM) which is geared toward energy auditing and increasing efficiency of existing facilities – which is another $250 exam.

Certified Data Centre Energy Professional (CDCEP) — While you’ve undoubtedly heard of CNet’s Certified Data Centre Management Professional (CDCMP) cert, the CDCEP aims specifically at energy efficiency within the data center in order to both reduce carbon emissions and save the almighty dollar (or Euro, as the case may be). It stays current on the latest EU Code of Conduct on Data Centres’ Energy Efficiency. It’s a pretty hefty time and money investment in the beginning and requires recertification every three years, but it remains a highly sought cert that could set you apart from other data center executives.

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