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Apple Announces Plan to Construct $2 Billion Data Center in Arizona

On Monday, February 2, the State of Arizona announced that computer and mobile gadget giant Apple will be investing $2 billion to convert a failed sapphire plant into a massive new data center in Mesa. Sapphire, a translucent material stronger than glass, had once been intended to become the standard surface for all of Apple's new iPhone, iPad and [...]

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Microsoft is Designing an Innovative New Server Rack Enclosure

For almost every business in operation today, server rack enclosures are an extremely important aspect of their daily functions. These open frame racks, which are used to store computer server equipment, allow businesses to create dense hardware configurations without requiring excessive floor space or shelving. By using custom server rack enclosures, a company can achieve proper functionality while also protecting [...]

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Dutch Company Explores E-Radiator Heating Alternative

A company in the Netherlands, Eneco, is conducting a groundbreaking experiment; the energy-based business hopes to harness the energy given off by computer servers and use it to heat consumers' homes. The so-called "e-Radiators" serve a dual purpose: powering electronic equipment while also giving off heat, making them an especially efficient and environmentally friendly option. Eneco installed servers in five [...]

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Three Criteria You Can Use to Choose the Right Network Rack Enclosures for Your Servers

No matter why your business relies on servers and other information technology, what really counts is having the right network rack enclosures to house those systems. Most businesses use server enclosure cabinets in a server room or closet to keep those devices stable and reliable. But some businesses fail to take into account their own requirements for a server enclosure [...]

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Throughout 2015, Outdated Server Hardware Will Drive IT Spending

A large portion of IT spending in 2015 will be put toward upgrading outdated computer server racks and enclosures, as well as other hardware, software and services, as enterprises move to modernize before the Microsoft Server 2003 End of Service date approaches in July. According to Spiceworks' 2015 IT Budget Report, 50% of the IT professionals surveyed said their equipment, [...]

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The Three Most Massive Trends for the Data Center in 2015

The data center, or a building that houses vast networks of server rack enclosures, has become the go-to way to store massive amounts of data. Whether the data center is working for multiple customers as part of a cloud computing solution or it's an in-house data center for a major corporation, these server solutions are becoming wildly popular. And as [...]

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How Being More Energy-Efficient is Resulting in Tax Breaks for UK Data Centers

Computer server racks require a notorious amount of energy to run on a daily basis. In fact, it's estimated that electricity costs make up as much as a third of a data center's operating costs. So in a move to encourage greater energy-efficiency among its data centers, the UK is now offering near-total energy tax exemption for about 100 [...]

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A German IT Company's Plan to Heat Homes, Get Free Storage for Its Computer Racks

A German IT Company's Plan to Heat Homes, Get Free Storage for Its Computer RacksAccording to a recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, climate change is set to increase the amount of money American homeowners spend to keep their homes warm throughout the winter months. With many European countries facing the same problem, one German cloud computing company [...]

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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Up a Server Room

Since almost all businesses today are run via computers and the Internet, server rooms and server rack enclosures are a crucial aspect of safely storing information. Servers, essentially, are computers that store data. For best results, they're organized with server racks, which keep all the necessary parts neat and accessible without taking up an inordinate amount of floor or shelf [...]

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You'll Never Believe How Easy it Can Be to Make Your Data Center Energy Efficient

The racks on racks on racks of server enclosures that inhabit any data center are notorious consumers of energy. A Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) study revealed that in 2013 alone, America's data centers consumed 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electrical energy. By 2020, this number will rise to an unbelievable 139 billion kilowatt-hours. That means that data centers are responsible [...]

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