Cisco today announced a new green data center in Allen, Texas, with an architecture deploying Cisco’s entire data center technology portfolio spanning computing, switching, and data storage access to support Cisco’s internal private cloud and deliver Information Technology (IT) as a service. The new data center demonstrates the value of a network-based approach through improved resilience, performance and use of resources, while delivering IT services such as video, mobility, security, and collaboration to Cisco employees, customers, partners, and other constituents.
Vodafone Qatar and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced the deployment of the first hybrid powered Base Station in Qatar, using an integration of solar and wind energy. This initiative is part of a wider green technology program led by Vodafone Group to deploy green energy sources in all of its affiliates worldwide.
The world took a big step closer today to a green and more sustainable communications future with the launch of Green Touch , a global consortium organized by Bell Labs whose goal is to create the technologies needed to make communications networks 1000 times more energy efficient than they are today.
A thousand-fold reduction is roughly equivalent to being able to power the world
A perfect storm is converging on data centers worldwide. Like any hurricane, it’s driven by heat energy: in this case the waste heat from ever-denser racks of blade servers. Every watt of IT power can require as much as 2.5 watts for cooling, and the combined business and environmental impact of the energy needed is driving interest in the green data center.
Electricity is already one of the top three costs for business, and the number one cost for data center-focused companies like eBay and Google. Executives worry that the soaring energy costs of increasingly powerful data centers could become a limiting factor for business operations or expansion. Meanwhile, according to a 2008 report by McKinsey & Company, carbon dioxide emissions related to data center energy use worldwide are already equivalent to those from the entire nation of Argentina, the world’s 24th largest economy.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) recently deployed immersive telepresence solutions from Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) to improve operational efficiency, interagency collaboration and enhance its ability to support out of area operations.
“Information flow is vital to fulfilling our goals and mandates, as well as maximizing the productivity and efficiency of personnel and ensuring the success of operations,” said Malcolm Green, Chief of the NATO C3 Agency’s Capabilities Area Team 9 (CAT 9), Networked Information Infrastructure Communication Services. “Polycom telepresence addresses these challenges by enabling our teams to collaborate more effectively over distances.”
Deployed in six international locations, the Polycom immersive telepresence solutions join an existing large deployment of Polycom video conferencing systems in use today at NATO headquarters and in outposts around the world. The standards-based systems also interoperate securely and seamlessly with video conferencing systems in use by NATO allied partners.
The technology is used daily for central command communications, emergency management, critical needs assessment, crisis communications, intra/interagency collaboration, workgroup collaboration and project management. Continue reading NATO employs PolyCom TelePresence
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has signed the European Union
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is launching several initiatives during Earth Week (April 19 to 25) to spotlight its efforts toward reducing the company
The Polycom VVX 1500 is the first of its kind business media phone combining advanced IP telephony with business-class video and the ability to integrate with key business applications
PLEASANTON, Calif. – Mar 09, 2009 : Polycom, Inc. [Nasdaq: PLCM], the global leader in telepresence, video, and voice communications solutions, has redefined desktop communications with the introduction of its first business media phone, the Polycom VVXTM 1500. Continue reading Polycom VVX 1500 introduced
Larissa Herda, TW Telecom’s Chairman, CEO and presedent, called on the competitive business broadband providers to engage Congress and the FCC in establishing a national Broadband Policy for Businesses that will spur innovation for enterprises and create jobs in a New Broadband economy.
A comprehensive broadband policy for businesses is foundational to create the growth, efficiency and reduced costs that all American businesses need in order to deal with this recession, according to Herda. Continue reading National Business Broadband Policy?