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Microsoft threw the switch on its new mega data center in Dublin on July 1 and expects to do same for the one it's built in Chicago on July 20. The facilities are meant to support the company's Online, Live and cloud services. Dublin is Microsoft's first mega site outside the U.S. It covers 303,000 square feet capable of 5.4 megawatts of power, now on its way to 22.2 megawatts with demand. The Chicago site covers 700,000 square feet, the size of 16 football fields, with 30 megawatts to start and capable of 60 megawatts. Two-thirds of the place is optimized for containerized servers, which Microsoft says conserve energy. Each of the pre-packaged containers holds 1,800-2,500 servers. Microsoft says their density can exceed traditional data centers by 10 times. ... (more)

Don't Speak At Me, Speak With Me

As e-marketing has made inroads with B2B marketers a lot has been said about the idea of online conversation. But, what does that mean from a marketing content perspective? If you think of a conversation in the offline world it can be in the context of a chat with a friend — 1-on-1, an exchange in a meeting with a group of people, a discussion with your peers over lunch or witty repartee with your spouse during TV commercials in the evening. When you transfer that idea online, how often do you "feel" any similarity to those above examples? How often do you make a connection with the content you see? Part of this is because you're not really there. The people you're "conversing" with can't see you, your facial expressions or hear the tone of your voice as if you'd spoken aloud. Nor can you see them. That means you have to think about the words you use and how they wo... (more)

Pros and Cons of Powering Down Servers

Infrastructure 2.0 Journal on Ulitzer It seems like the most simple logical solution to energy conservation-powering down servers not in use. After all not all servers are used all the time. For example servers that perform only a single predictable function such as for calculating the employee pay are used only on certain days in a month. Or those used for special testing or running backups and so on. It makes sense that they power themselves down when not in use just like in commonplace electronic gadgets. Alliance to Save Energy, Kelton Research and 1E, a software IT company, found through surveys of server managers and analysis of industry data that out of the world’s 44 million servers, roughly 4.7 million of them are idle and not doing necessary work. “Contrary to popular belief, one of the largest causes of energy and IT operational waste in data centers are... (more)

Chief Networking Officer and Senior Executives

You certainly have heard several stories like that of John Smith, a senior executive of a large company. He has worked for over 20 years in the major market players. He had a career up and always brought good results to their employers. He is a well recognized professional by his peers in the market. Until recently, he was the Commercial Director and a person of full confidence of a business owner. He had full power in decision making and used this resource skillfully on behalf of the company. However, time has changed. As part of a competitor´s expansion strategy, the company was acquired and John´s position was considered "redundant" by the buyer who preferred a professional of his own trust, of personal and professional knowledge to take John´s place. And now John? You are 50, 3 children to raise and a high standard of living. Despite your enviable curriculum and... (more)

Young CNO - Chief Networking Officer

We began the saga of the CNO - Chief Networking Officer publishing an article in national magazine in 2007 when we set all the responsibilities and the process of implementing business network management in organizations. Then, we analyzed the CNO as a career opportunity for executive women and senior executives. We will continue to discuss the CNO with focus on executives in early career stage. This is a subject that matters to any professional who wants to develop new skills, amplify the network, including those who operate in Human Resources arena.   Everyone knows the tale of John and Mary. Let´s consider a more modern version of it. John is the best student in class, but is somewhat introspective. His top grades come from maths and physics. He is apparently shy, but very observant and with a strategic/analytical thinking that would envy anyone. Ele é aprovado... (more)

Hubbell Lighting Helps Add the Sparkle of Leed Gold to New Omni Dallas Hotel

Hubbell Lighting, a market leader in lighting technology for over a century, was the major provider of lighting fixtures for the magnificent new Omni Hotel recently opened in Dallas, Texas. Exterior Lighting at the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel (Photo: Business Wire) Built on six acres of an eight-acre site in the southwest side of the Dallas Central Business District, this latest addition to the Omni brand of 50 luxury hotels and resorts throughout North America has a very appealing and sophisticated persona. A contemporary reflective glass exterior and rich native textures highlights the interior, making the newest Omni an expression of the best that Dallas offers as they warmly welcome visitors and guests to an incomparable convention hotel. With the decision and foresight of Dallas city leaders, hotel developer Matthews Southwest and 5G Studio Collaborati... (more)

Kendall-Jackson Takes Estate Gardens To New Level

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif., June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kendall-Jackson announced today that Tucker Taylor will assume the role of culinary gardener to rejuvenate the winery's sensory and culinary gardens at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens in Santa Rosa. Taylor will also develop garden sites at additional wineries within the Jackson Family Wines collection along coastal regions including Alexander Valley, Russian River, Anderson Valley and Arroyo Seco. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130611/SF30337LOGO) Most recently, Taylor spent five years transforming the gardens of Chef Thomas Keller's French Laundry into a captivating destination known for rare, specialty produce. Taylor will continue his emphasis on gardener and chef collaboration developed while at the French Laundry to inspire creativity in the kitchens at Kendall-Jackson. His attention t... (more)

Giant Eagle Celebrates Earth Day With Commitment To Significantly Reduce Water Consumption

PITTSBURGH, April 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-format food, fuel and pharmacy retailer, Giant Eagle, Inc., has a longstanding tradition of supporting the communities it serves as well as being a responsible steward of the environment. In addition to its everyday sustainable business practices, Giant Eagle is celebrating Earth Day this year with a commitment to reduce water consumption by five percent by July 2017, resulting in an anticipated conservation of millions of gallons of water.  "Giant Eagle has long been dedicated to conserving natural resources through the implementation of environmentally-minded business practices," said Giant Eagle Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Development, Shelly Sponholz. "We feel that it is important to be environmentally conscious, not only on Earth Day, but throughout the year. It is with this mentality that we operate ... (more)

Whale Watching In Australia

“The winch, synchronized with the flensers knife, accelerates, and the bada ~ (the Norwegian word for baleen) with a wrenching tear, parts from the whale and swings wildly up into the air and outboard over the ship’s side, just grazing the bulwarks. During the half-second when it is outboard the winchman lets go his brake, and the lethal mass, which would smash to pulp anyone or anything in it’s way, plunges down toward the sea ~ usually! I’ve seen maybe five or six men killed by the bada alone’, Davison told me.....” —from ‘Of Whales and Men’ There’s romance in the old whaling days, and one cannot help but to be fascinated by the stories of this bygone era ~ The men who paddled out in small boats armed with hand held harpoons to do battle with the great whales. Many drowned and even the more modern whaling operations in the early to mid 1900’s had a high level of d... (more)

Organizations Are Missing Huge Opportunity to Divert Trash From Landfills and Benefit the Bottom Line, New GREEN Study Finds

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/22/07 -- Caught between mountains of garbage and a rapidly shrinking number of landfills to put it in, organizations are facing increasing pressure to find viable alternatives that both meet business needs and address environmental issues. And even when those alternatives are available, and organizations are aware of them, the changes are painfully slow in coming. That's the sobering conclusion reached in "Garbage Is a Terrible Thing to Waste," a comprehensive report from the Global Renewable Energy and Environmental Network (GREEN), underwritten by BioSystem Solutions. The study quantifies the current processes for waste management and highlights potential benefits of better managing biodegradable waste streams. The findings will also be discussed on a webcast hosted by GREEN tomorrow, May 23, at 2pm EDT/11am PDT. Interested par... (more)

An Itty-Bitty Chip Could Slash a Data Center’s Energy Bill

Imagine a data center chock full of heterogeneous equipment and running hot. That should be an easy exercise since they all are. But now it's important to stop the waste and reduce energy consumption. Where do you start? Well, it might be nice to whittle the problem down to size and figure out what in that sea of servers and whatnot are the biggest offenders. A start-up called Sentilla says it can help. It's got a wireless sensor network that can track energy use in data centers from multiple vendors, including the facility itself. IT managers can set a baseline with the consolidated information and establish power usage effective (PUE), the first step in an energy reduction strategy. Sentilla says its sensors, itty-bitty Java-based computers the size of a dime embedded in an intelligent power strip, can go anywhere or be attached to anything, even a blast furnace, ... (more)