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Ireland approves massive Apple data centre

DUBLIN: Ireland on Thursday gave the green light for tech giant Apple to build an 850-million-euro ($1.0-billion) data centre following a battle with conservationists who were seeking to preserve a forest. High Court judge Paul McDermott dismissed the appeals brought by three campaigners, who were concerned about the environmental impact of the project, which is to occupy nearly 166,000 square meters in County Galway, West Ireland. The project, which was first announced more than two-and-a-half years ago, would be the…

CM Shahbaz inaugurates land data record center in Lahore 

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday inaugurated the Punjab Land Authority and Data Record Center in Lahore which would help in curbing embezzlement in land record. The state-of-the-art facility conforms to the standards of Tier-III Data Center, the first of its kind in public sector. The center is set up at a cost of eight hundred million rupees. The Land Records Management Information Systems (LRMIS) Project, which relates to property record and transactions, has scanned almost 30 million pages…

Google to reach 100% renewable energy in 2017

Google has announced that it will reach 100% renewable energy in its global operations including data centers and offices in 2017. This was first announced by Urs Holzle, Senior Vice President Technical Infrastructure in a blog post. He revealed that Google was the first corporation to create large-scale, long-term contracts to buy renewable energy directly. Every year people search on Google trillions of times; every minute people upload more than 400 hours of YouTube videos, which requires an incredible amount of…

Facebook to build data center in Denmark: report

BERLIN: Facebook is to build its third data center outside the United States in Denmark to store and manage the social media giant's growing data, such as photos and videos, a Danish news website reported. The 184,000 square meter facility will be built in Odense, the birthplace of writer Hans Christian Andersen, and will generate around 1,200 jobs to build it, Fyens.dk said. The California-based company opened a similar data center in Sweden in 2013 and is currently constructing a center in Ireland. Excerpts from Denmark…