Tag Archives : #Sustainability


Microgrids: integration for power cost and control

Context: microgrid and data center synergies Autonomous energy networks that integrate distributed power resources, matching this with local energy loads to service localized demand, microgrids are perhaps best described in opposition to the supergrid – or national grid systems built by the utility companies. In contrast to the super or macro grid, which features centralized […]

Mary Allen, managing editor, InsightaaS

Drew Leonard, VP global colocation, CenturyLink

CenturyLink builds in central Washington

CenturyLink is on the move again, this time into central Washington with this month’s announcement of a new data centre at Moses Lake. Designed for initial ramp to 8 megawatts, and ultimately for 30 megawatts of IT load, this new facility is part of the company’s aggressive expansion plan. It also functions as a good […]


Adapting renewable energy to the data centre

Context: do renewables have a place in the data centre environment? Interest in renewables is driven by two key requirements: environmental sustainability and energy savings. Power consumption within a data centre environment is substantial, accounting for almost half of total operating expenses. When one factors in escalating and unpredictable energy costs, along with fees associated […]

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Glenn McGillivray, managing director, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

Life in ‘interesting’ times

The following article, developed by Michael O’Neil and Mary Allen, first appeared in April/May 2015 edition of Claims Canada magazine. While most of us seek to fill our days with interesting activities, the expression “may you live in interesting times” is generally thought to be a curse. Insurers would likely agree with this interpretation, as […]


DCIM: An ‘Operating System’ for the Data Center

Context: the evolution of DCIM scope Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is a powerful management solution with a complex provenance. Rooted in building automation, computer-based control systems for monitoring and managing mechanical and electrical services to improve security and better regulate a facilities’ energy demand, the first applications of DCIM were typically targeted at data […]

Rich Ungar, North American business manager for data center automation, ABB