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.
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 companys 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.
Announcement: Says Electronics Disposal Efficiency metric ensures data centers can responsibly handle electronics and electrical equipment at the end of its useful life
11 March 2013 by DatacenterDynamics FOCUS
The Green Grid has launched a new metric to help data center operators and organizations measure how electronic equipment is managed once it reaches end-of-current-use. The Electronics Disposal Efficiency (EDE) metric is the first universal metric launched by The Green Grid to help end-users of information and communications technologies (ICT) measure their success in the responsible management of outdated equipment.
EDE is a simple metric that helps organizations calculate and measure their progress in improving equipment disposal processes over time, The Green Grid said.
Discarded Electronics and Electrical Equipment (EEE) entering the waste stream is known globally as e-waste or Waste Electronics and Electrical Equipment (WEEE). Examples of WEEE include computers, mobile devices, home entertainment products, toys, and even goods such as refrigerators and stoves.
The definition and monitoring of WEEE worldwide has evolved over the last decade, which has prompted The Green Grid to identify the need to combine the expertise of other organizations who define standards and requirements for e-waste management with its own members knowledge and understanding of the e-waste management challenges facing the ICT community.
The Green Grid said the result is the creation of a metric that quantifies how well a corporate consumer of ICT EEE responsibly manages e-waste.
The Green Grid isnt trying to redefine any domain-specific terminology in the WEEE arena, Kathrin Winkler, EMC representative and Board Member of The Green Grid, said.
There are a number of reasons why 2013 might be the year for Data Center Infrastructure Management. DCIM software has had a number of years to mature, addressing the need for high levels of discipline in the data center. There are various factors that have contributed to the emergence of DCIM as a priority for data center operators- even if many of them are still sorting out the best way forward.
The economy led to a break/fix mentality in the data center at first, but we seem to be out of that now, said Mark Harris, Nlyte Softwares vice president of marketing and strategy. The energy crisis put a lot of adult supervision into the data center. A lot of questions were being asked, and a lot of those questions were about the physical makeup.
DCIM provides a holistic view of the entire data center ecosystem, dynamically recognizing all the pieces and how theyre interrelated. It helps to plan ahead, both for growth and potential disasters (what happens when a piece of equipment is removed?). It is being touted as the ERP application for the data center. And as with ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), it is addressing a complicated challenge. When a device is introduced, changes or fails, it changes the makeup of these complex facilities.
Colocation facilities have long promised organizations the opportunity to buy data center capacity as OpEx, without investing CapEx in a new physical infrastructure. But integrated infrastructure solutions now offer a third option, by enabling organizations to buy efficient, intelligent infrastructures without paying for a lengthy and expensive physical build.
Join Emerson Network Power to discover key financial and technology considerations that will help guide your decision to invest in hosted, traditional or integrated infrastructure solutions. Participants will also see how Smart Solutions from Emerson Network Power offer OpEx savings of 27 percent and CapEx savings of 10 percent or more over a traditional design approach, while providing a level of ownership and control unmatched by outsourced services.
Presenters: Stephen Blakemore, Solutions Sales Manager and John Bearg, Director