Today in Cleantech

There’s no shortage of innovative strategies to improve data center energy efficiency, which you’re undoubtedly aware of since you hang around here. However, this latest gambit from Yahoo even caught me off-guard. According to Rich Miller at Data Center Knowledge, Yahoo is toying with the idea of eliminating UPS and backup generators — a drastic, potentially disastrous decision for most businesses. The plan’s saving grace? Like Google, Microsoft and other companies with huge, massively replicated data center footprints, it can route around outages. Bottom line: expect this strategy to only take off in the biggest of corporations, provided that their IT infrastructures can shut down gracefully and failover seamlessly.