Converting Retail to Data Centers?

by Mike Rinaldi on 5/30/13 8:32 AM

With Ubiquity, Sears is Turning Shuttered Stores into Data Centers

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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.

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Topics: data center outages, data center infrastructure, reduce cost, Data Center, Green IT, Green Technology, data center design, Data Center, data center energy, cloud strategy, data center infrastructure management, Energy Star, efficient data center, CIO

Do You Prefer Hot Aisle or Cold Aisle Containment?

by Mike Rinaldi on 4/22/13 1:41 PM

Separating the hot and cold air in a data center is one of the keys to improving energy efficiency.  Containment systems don't have to be fancy or expensive.  Containment systems have been in use at least since 2004, but there's an ongoing debate about whether it is best to contain the hot aisle or cold aisle.  

Do you use containment in your data center?  If so, do you contain the hot aisle or cold aisle?"

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Topics: DVL, data center infrastructure, reduce downtime, Data Center, data center design, Data Center, data center energy, data center infrastructure management, kW per rack, PUE, Containment, enclosure, efficient data center, CIO

Who is the CIO of the Future?

by Mike Rinaldi on 4/5/13 9:32 AM

Who is the CIO of the Future?

The Strategic CIO
While most CIOs agree that their role will change in the next five years, less than a third see themselves as developers of business strategy or drivers of their company’s competitive future today, according to a new study by Emerson Network Power. Nearly half characterize themselves as IT service providers and cost centers to the business leaders in their organization.

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CIO of the future

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Topics: Green Technology, data center design, Data Center, cloud strategy, data center infrastructure management, PUE, CIO

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