On the Blogs: Tech Giants Keep Raising Bar on Renewables to Power the Cloud

first_imgOn the Blogs: Tech Giants Keep Raising Bar on Renewables to Power the Cloud FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享BY ALAN BOYLE for GeekWire: Microsoft is kicking up its targets for environmentally sustainable cloud computing by pledging that half of the electricity to power its data centers will come from renewable sources by 2018.The bar will be raised to 60 percent for the early 2020s. “And then we’ll just keep on getting better from there,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, told energy executives today at a gathering of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, or REBA.Smith’s announcement provided a timely kickoff for this week’s REBA Summit on the Microsoft campus in Redmond. More than 300 representatives of companies that produce, sell and buy electrical power are meeting to trade information, recap successes and failures, and make deals.The stakes are high, especially due to the rapid rise of cloud computing. Analysts say the data centers that provide the infrastructure for the cloud could consume almost 50 gigawatts of power this year. By 2030, communication technology could account for as much as 51 percent of global electricity usage and – be responsible for as much as 23 percent of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions.Two of the Seattle area’s top tech firms, Microsoft and Amazon, are also two of the world’s top companies in cloud computing. Facebook and Google are close behind.“Our data centers, for each company, consume as much electrical power as a small state,” Smith said at the summit. “And there is going to come a time in the future, some decades ahead, when each of these companies will consume as much electrical power as a medium-sized nation.”REBA’s goal is to help companies get that power from renewable sources such as solar, wind and hydroelectric rather than from fossil fuels. The alliance is led byBusiness for Social Responsibility (a.k.a. BSR), the Rocky Mountain Institute, theWorld Resources Institute and the World Wildlife Fund. More than 60 companies, including Amazon and Microsoft, take part in REBA’s initiatives.Full article: http://www.geekwire.com/2016/microsoft-renewable-energy-cloud-reba-summit/last_img read more

Syracuse defense shakes up Providence, 2-1, in its first win of the season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 13, 2017 at 8:34 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 The crowd collectively gasped, partially out of surprise and partially out of concern for Allie Munroe. The junior defender had dived across the ice, her body parallel to the ground in an effort to block an incoming Providence shot.The attempt sailed innocently over her, hitting Abbey Miller’s chest pad for one of the goalie’s 31 saves in the game. Munroe’s display of determination did little to physically stop the attack, but it served as a microcosm for Syracuse’s collective defensive effort against the Friars.While Miller played a key role in the Orange’s effort defensively on Friday, it was the play of the teammates in front of her that paced Syracuse (1-3-1) in its 2-1 win over Providence (3-2-0) in Tennity Ice Pavilion. When a Friar player wasn’t getting one of her shots deflected or poked away by an Orange skater, she was losing the puck before she could even wind up her stick. Providence looked to retrieve the loose pucks, yet found itself greeted by two things: a Syracuse defender and the boards.“We’re a pretty big team,” said Miller. “Physically, just being able to keep them on the outside and not giving them good opportunities and just pressuring them hard is good.”Lindsay Eastwood, a 6-foot-1 redshirt sophomore, led the defense that pestered the Friar forwards up and down the ice through a handful of defensive tactics. Eastwood, along teammates Brooke Avery and Kristen Siermachesky, stood noticeably taller than their Providence counterparts, a size advantage that the Orange looked to exploit.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse blocked seven shots during the contest and also totaled 10 penalty minutes thanks to its willingness to stay physical with the Friars throughout the game. Siermachesky was one of the Orange’s main perpetrators to beleaguer Providence, and she received penalties twice for her physicality. At one point, she checked a Friar skater so hard into the boards that Siermachesky, herself, had to be helped off the ice.But size advantages don’t always have to be utilized through force. Often, it’s just the opposite, said head coach Paul Flanagan.“I think at times, we see somebody like Lindsay use her size, just effectively, not having to hit anybody, but just protecting the puck,” Flanagan said. “She could use her size to get herself out of a situation, and she carried the puck pretty well.”Syracuse made a point of both carrying pucks out of scuffles as well as clearing pucks out of its zone, two things that Flanagan said the team executed well on. Providence rarely got second-chance opportunities, instead having to fight for even one clear shot on goal during a possession.When the Friars finally did get a clear line to the net, their attempts were often deep slap shots, forced to be taken from nearly the blue line – shots, thanks to Miller’s play in net, that won’t net teams many goals against the Orange.“The defense did really well,” said Miller. “They did a good job of keeping shots outside for the most part, and also just winning battles down low and stuff like that.”All the small battles Syracuse won ultimately translated into a complete game victory. After allowing 11 goals in its first four games, Syracuse let Providence push across just one score, a goal that came in the midst of a power play. The Orange might’ve physically faltered, but its mindset showed what Syracuse needs to do to be successful.“We heard it on the bench,” Avery said. “All of our teammates were yelling, ‘Defense first, defense first.’” Commentslast_img read more