Nov. 16, 2010 SDF Green Data Centers

On Tuesday November 16, 2010 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SDForum held a Clean Tech Breakfast on “Greening Your Data Center.” Mavis Yee of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Rick Chateauvert of EMC, Mike Dauber of Battery Ventures, Andrew Feldman of SeaMicro and Mukesh Khattar of Oracle.

All that data floating in the cloud is really stored in brick and mortar data centers around the world. These server farms currently use huge amounts of electricity generating waste heat. We are reaching the physical and engineering limits of current technology to cool these buildings. Incremental improvements are not enough. Companies must rethink everything from HVAC to the power consumed by the smallest semiconductor.

Ultimately the millions of mobile devices demanding all this data may provide a solution. The semiconductors, flash memory and power management software used by smart phones could dramatically the increase the efficiency of future data centers. There would be a great opportunity for someone to develop a data center app for that.

Copyright 2010 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

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