Data Centers

The surging demand for data is guzzling Virginia’s water

The commonwealth is home to the data center capital of the world. Can it handle AI's thirst?

States rethink data centers as ‘electricity hogs’ strain the grid

Worries are rising over what data centers mean for demand, renewable energy goals.

Is generative AI bad for the environment? A computer scientist explains the carbon footprint of ChatGPT and its cousins

As the carbon footprint of generative AI models continues to grow, one expert suggests leveraging renewable energy resources to keep up with user demands.

How effective asset management supports data center sustainability

COMMENTARY | With proactive monitoring and asset management, agencies can drive down cooling costs while avoiding downtime risk.

Va. regulators propose easing emission limits for data centers over power transmission concerns

Roughly 150 data centers in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William could be impacted through end of July.

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Communities are rethinking their push for data centers

More governments are looking into the environmental effects of data centers on neighborhoods.

Some workflows belong in the cloud, others don’t

New research shows that 88% of organizations have returned at least some data from the cloud to on-prem data centers.

Cold-War missile defense site heats up state’s data center economy, onsite gardens

After sitting unused for decades, the 300,000-square-foot, mostly underground building will be converted to a secure data center whose excess C02 and heat will support an indoor greenhouse.

County puts ‘Band-Aids’ on power shortage pain

The electric utility serving Loudoun County, Virginia, cannot power new data centers until 2026, leaving the county looking for temporary solutions.

Prince William could steal Loudoun’s title of Data Center Alley. But land use battles are raging.

The possible development of data centers in Prince William County divides residents among those who support the potentially profitable project and those who wish to preserve the agricultural land.

Crunch data while the sun shines and save it in an 'information battery'

"Information batteries" can make better use of green energy by storing partially computed data for processing later, researchers at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering suggest.

Containerization and virtualization in a hybrid world

Agencies are mixing physical servers, virtual machines and containers to get the required storage and computer resources they need to maximize performance.

Eco-friendly data centers key to sustainable enterprises

Climate change – and the availability of water and renewable and locally generated energy -- is driving interest in carbon-neutral data centers.

Don't get your wires (and cables) in a twist

PigTails offers a unique, clear way to label cords and cables.

New York Times creates a dustup over data centers

An article that says the data centers at the foundation of Internet activity are environmentally damaging draws sharp criticism from others who cover the industry.

Could helium in hard drives make performance go 'Up?'

Western Digital plans to encase hard drives in helium to reduce drag, lower power consumption and increase performance.

Cloak, dagger and Google: 'Pluto' switch remains a mystery

A different kind of networking switch that turned up in Iowa has been returned to Google — with no questions answered.

App breaks through the mobile compatibility wall

The Citrix Receiver app can keep agencies' mobile devices securely connected regardless of platforms.

Flash memory arrays built for large data stores, fast transfers

The Nimbus Gemini can handle 1 petabyte of weekly data writes without a loss of performance, along with 12 gigabits/sec transfer speeds and over 1 million input/output operations/sec.

Flash memory in government data centers? The pros and cons.

IBM's purchase of Texas Memory Systems raises the possibility that we'll be seeing flash in government data centers before too long. What are the advantages?