The total worldwide capacity of direct current (DC) distribution networks will surpass 2.3 GW by 2025, up from just 196 MW in 2013, according to a new report from Navigant Research.
The report says electricity loads being served by today's alternating current (AC) power grids are increasingly natively DC at the end-use level. In fact, according to some estimates, approximately 80% of the power loads in commercial and residential structures are now DC.
They are small, poorly managed, wasteful and high risk environments for a businesss IT systems and theyre lurking in a building near you. The server closet, its a danger to us all and it must be eradicated.
The server closet is a room set aside for IT gear, but not designed as a data center. Not even as a bad data center. They vary in size, but are generally between 100 SF and 2500 SF. The rooms usually have some extra AC assigned to them and maybe additional jury rigged power, but beyond that they are a large closet that IT gear has been force fit into. There are 10s of thousands of these server closets out in the wild.
The impact of Hurricane Sandy gave U.S. power providers as well as code making bodies a wake-up call. Why are facilities that must operate to provide services during disasters allowed to locate critical electrical system components in vulnerable areas? Although designs of this magnitude require a great deal of thought and planning, its difficult to include every possible scenario. Even codes and standards as extensive as they are cant cover everything.
-- Award recognizes Conde Nast / CBRE for significantly reducing energy consumption. --
Bristol, PA May 29, 2013 DVL Group, a provider of data center infrastructure management solutions, partnered with 12 data centers to help them save at least 1,000,000 watts of electrical energy.
DVL has officially announced a fourth organization that saved the most watts, which earns them the prestigious Less Watts Award.
The winner of the large category, encompassing data centers greater than 5,000 sq. ft., is Conde Nast / CBRE. CONGRATULATIONS!!
In addition to honoring the winner with the Less Watts Award, DVL is also making a donation of $1,000 in Conde Nast / CBRE's name to the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC).
The Less Watts competition has been a blast, says DVL Chief Executive Officer Mike Beck. Everyone who participated was incredibly cooperative, enthusiastic and just really great to work with. We couldnt be happier to present the award to this outstanding organization and look forward to helping others save energy with our Less Watts program.
To learn more about how DVL helps its customers use Less Watts with quality solutions from industry leader Liebert to build dynamic, energy efficient data centers, visit www.dvlnet.com.
With Ubiquity, Sears is Turning Shuttered Stores into Data Centers
Ubiquity Critical Environments, a newly-created unit of Sears Holdings, will convert this Sears retail store in Chicago into data center space. (Photo: Ubiquity)
Will blinking blue lights of servers soon fill the aisles that previously offered the Blue Light Special? Sears Holdings has formed a new unit to market space from former Sears and Kmart retail stores as a home for data centers, disaster recovery space and wireless towers.