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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)

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)

Smart Water Management Market - Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis to 2018

DUBLIN, February 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dublin - Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/sqpjcm/smart_water) has announced the addition of the "Smart Water Management Market - Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis to 2018" report to their offering.       (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ) Most water utilities across the globe are struggling to maintain their aging water infrastructure. Government initiatives in most countries worldwide to enhance public utility infrastructure has always been partial for the most important resource for our survival. The Smart Water Management (SWM) market varies largely based on regional adoption of technology and solutions. There has been significant investment in smart grid for electricity projects worldwide; however, the scenario for water is still struggling to justify the Retu... (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)

Silvercorp Reports Significant Gain in Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources and Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves at the Ying Silver-Lead-Zinc Mining District, Henan Province, China

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/05/12 -- Silvercorp Metals Inc. (TSX:SVM)(NYSE:SVM) ("Silvercorp" or the "Company") is pleased to report the results of an updated National Instrument ("NI") 43-101 Technical Report with an effective date of May 1, 2012, prepared by AMC Mining Consultants (Canada) Ltd. ("AMC") covering the SGX (/HZG), HPG, and TLP / LM underground mines on the Ying silver-lead-zinc property in Henan Province, China (the "Ying 2012 Technical Report"). The previous May 20, 2011 NI 43-101 Technical Reports were prepared by other parties, and covered the SGX, HPG and TLP / LM mines in three separate reports (the "Ying 2011 Technical Reports"). The five authors of the Ying 2012 Technical Report all qualify as independent Qualified Persons. Four of the authors visited the Ying Property in February 2012 with one additional visit made by one ... (more)

Delta Faucet Delivers Smarter Ways To Live With Water Through Expanded Product Portfolio

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2011 WaterSense® Manufacturer Partner of the Year, Delta Faucet Company is committed to helping consumers find smarter ways to live with water. This declaration, which focuses on improving product efficiency without compromising a user's experience, is reinforced by the Delta® brand's recent expansion of its product portfolio, which now includes several new water efficient products. "As one of the world's largest manufacturers of faucets, showers and now, toilets, Delta Faucet Company has an enormous responsibility to help people use water efficiently without compromising their experience," said Richard O'Reagan, president of Delta Faucet Company. "We remain focused on continuously developing new products and pioneering technologies that address global water concerns and ... (more)

Georgia's Flint River Partnership Taps IBM for Data-Driven Agriculture Solutions

ALBANY, Ga., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Flint River Partnership and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a collaboration to deploy innovative conservation measures to enhance agricultural efficiency by up to 20 percent. The Flint River Partnership (which includes the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and The Nature Conservancy) together with the University of Georgia and IBM will support farmers in the Lower Flint River Basin of Georgia in making more informed irrigation scheduling decisions to conserve water, improve crop yields and mitigate the impact of future droughts. The Lower Flint River Basin is one of the most diverse and ecologically rich river systems in the southeastern United States. The area is also the epicenter of agriculture in Georgia with its 27 counties contributing more than $2 bil... (more)

UPDATE: Florida's Top Community Associations Named in Annual Communities of Excellence Awards

ORLANDO, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 05/05/14 -- Winners of the annual Florida Communities of Excellence Awards, the only statewide recognition program for condominium and homeowner associations, were announced here on May 2. For descriptions of each of the 2014 award-winning entries please visit: http://communitiesofexcellence.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/UpdatedCOEWinners.pdf Now in its sixth year, the Florida Communities of Excellence Awards represents the pinnacle of achievement for community associations. Founded by the Florida Community Association Journal and the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff, the coveted Awards focus on innovative practices in condominium and homeowner association from across the state. Winners are chosen from smaller communities (up to 400 units) and larger communities by a panel of independent experts, including representative of leading stat... (more)

KEEPING IT CLEAN: New EasyPark Service Offers Waterless Car Washes

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/05/14 -- Busy lives can mean some things get a lower priority than they should - like keeping your car clean. EasyPark has a sustainable and convenient answer for motorists coming into downtown Vancouver: a premium car wash service at its Pacific Centre underground lot. For an additional $25, customers can have their car washed while they go about their errands, with the "waterless" car wash system developed by Vancouver-based Eco-Service. This latest EasyPark offering, which launched May 1st, is a direct result of EasyPark's participation in the City of Vancouver's Climate Smart program, which it joined in fall of 2013. According to the commercial car wash industry, an average car wash - whether in a commercial facility or on your own - can consume as much as 120 litres of water(1). Eco-Service's system conserves t... (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)