iTWire – Carbon tax spurs data centres to go green

Working in a data center means always having power and cooling on the edge of your mind. Percent compute power and the equivalent power usage is a calculation you learn to do in your head. So after hearing about the new Carbon “Price” announced by Prime Minister Gillard and seeing this article this morning, how much more thought should I be putting into how much power and cooling the data center is using?

Speaking at Kickstart 11 in Queensland a number of vendors said that rising power costs as a result of the looming carbon tax were likely to force CIOs to rethink their data centre operations and revisit their technology strategies. Current wisdom has global data centres being responsible for about 1.5 per cent of global emissions – in line with the commercial airline sector.

via iTWire – Carbon tax spurs data centres to go green.

As for my data center, we’re currently looking into a couple of measurement and management strategies. One being Avocents MergePoint Infrastructure Explorer which will allow us to consolidate several of our existing strategies into a single point. This will, however, take time and money to implement. Have you considered the cost of not making a power plan?

iTWire – One app can make a difference

I find it really heartwarming when I read about simple solutions to problems that can cause the greatest of issues. A bit thanks to Charmian Gaud for her post on iTWire.

I have a hearing disability and despite very expensive hearing aids I find it almost impossible to hear what’s being said at public meetings. I’ve tried the induction loop at theatres, and although some hearing is possible it is still an enormous struggle.

During the next couple of weeks I must attend a government advisory committee and I know hearing will be nigh impossible. I’ve visited the site to test the induction loop and it’s like the theatre – OK, but not really good.

So what does an Apple fan do when faced with a problem? She searches for an appropriate app for her iPhone.

soundAMP R ($5.99) is the most wonderful app for anyone who is hard of hearing. I am gobsmacked by how well it works. It seems like sound is magnified fourfold, and it has a range finder so you can ‘zoom in’ according to the distance from the sound source.

via iTWire – One app can make a difference.

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