Tuesday, 13 December 2011


For about the last 20 years a lot of my time has been spent inside Data Centre's, It is rare that I see something that piques my interest, today I saw a gamechanger, a real disruptive technology, that will revolutionise the way that Data Centres are designed and built.
Now, many of you will be skeptical, many of you believe that Data Centres need to be cool, in order to manage the heat dissipated by the servers, switches and storage units.
What I saw today was a complete suite of liquid cooled compute components, the server, router, switches, storage, the ups all contained within a standard cabinet, for more information please look at the website here www.iceotope.com , if you want any further information please contact us directly for more information on how you can be a lead adopter of this technology.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Last Week Update

Phew, really tired this weekend, had lots to do last week and even more to do next week.

So, last week, well our presentation to the Local Business Accelerators "dragon" panel went well.
I'm often surprised that the lack of understanding about the science behind climate change when I talk to people individually or when I conduct my Green IT talks and I've prepared the first part of any presentation I do, to provide some basic facts about the global warming trend, firstly I use Michael Mann's "hockey stick" and then the recent Berkeley Earth Suface Temperature study, we then speak about what could potentially happen, in effect sea level rise and weather patterns changing etc.
In the UK I also talk about the impending "energy gap", this is when our nuclear power stations shut down in 2023 and due to the large combustion plant directive, coal and oil powered power stations are restricted to 20k hours of production or the installation of Carbon Capture and Storage technologies. All in all, this represents the loss of some 32% of generative capacity in the next 12 years, and could cause some real problems with intermittent power, blackouts and maybe rationing for large users.

So, we presented to the LCA panel and we await the outcome.
Then, I attended the judging for the DCD awards as a judge and reviewed a number of projects that were seeking an award, more details can be found here http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/awards
The awards are next Thursday, and I've had to buy a evening suit and all the gubbings, it should be a great event and I'm looking forward to meeting up with lots of friends and colleagues.
Before, that though I'm off to conduct a CEEDA assessement in the North, and then have a meeting with a client.
Friday I'm intending to relax and wind down for Christmas, although I have a trip to London the following week.

Have a great week.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Another Busy Week

After a very busy week last week, we have another this week.
On monday I was supposed to be at the Business Cloud Summit, but due to the fact that I am so busy I'm going to have to take a raincheque.
So,  Tuesday is my presentation at the Local Business Accelerators competition, we've been shortlisted in the Coventy and Warwickshire area. This is a competition run by Deborah Meadon a dragon for mentoring and advertising locally and nationally if your idea or company have potential. We think we've got bags of potential but our products and solutions are for businesses not domestic consumers so we're not sure how we'll fare, still, its an opportunuity to spread the message.
Wednesday, we're off to London to judge a competition.
Thursday, we back in the Midlands to visit a client and give them some information about their IT energy use.
Friday, we off an a Christmas canal cruise from Straford, well we are at the moment.
Saturday is a footie trip day, we may be off to watch Walsall v Charlton but we have to get permission!
We scaling down activities for Christmas, but doing lots of planning for early next year and beyond.
We'll have been trading for two years on the 1st January.