Heather Clancy

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Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism life as a business writer with United Press International in New York. She holds a B.A. in English literature from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and has a thing for Lewis Carroll.

I am fascinated about how businesses of all sizes can transform their operations through technology -- not just to make themselves more efficient, but to rise above their competitors. That's the theme for my two ZDNet blogs, Small Business Matters and Next-Gen Partner. For SmartPlanet, I'm focused on profiling inspirational and controversial business leaders who have great leadership lessons to share. I also write regularly and passionately about corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues for GreenBiz.com. Occasionally, I will pop up at an industry conference in some sort of speaking capacity. In cases where an engagement involves a sponsor that may be covered in this blog, that fact will be disclosed in coverage as appropriate. My corporate writing work usually consists of crafting research white papers about some aspect of technology or moderating Webcasts. In the event that my commentary (in written, audio or video form) mentions a company for which I have provided consulting advice, I will disclose that fact. However, there is no connection between these projects and topics that I cover in my blogs.

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APC updates power distribution technology

APC updates power distribution technology

Data center power technology company APC by Schneider Electric is updating its power distribution unit (PDU) portfolio with a new series of products that fall under the Next Generation Metered and Switched Rack PDU moniker.The products will focus on features that allow for closer rack-level monitoring of power and environmental factors that can affect energy efficiency, in an extremely small "zero-U" form factor.

August 5, 2010 by in Data Centers

eBay: Data center efficiency = business survival

eBay: Data center efficiency = business survival

Back in 2007, the powers-that-be at eBay had an epiphany: The way it was building data centers was unsustainable, especially from a power and cooling standpoint."At some point, the cost of running the sites would negatively affect our business," said Dean Nelson, senior director of Global Data Center Services for eBay, during a presentation at the recent Symposium 2010, held by the Uptime Institute in New York.

May 23, 2010 by in Data Centers

For green data centers, it's location, location, location

For green data centers, it's location, location, location

Spoke last week with Ben Stewart, senior vice president of facility engineering for uber colocation provider Terremark Worldwide, which is building a mammoth data center campus on a new site in Culpepper, Va.The campus will eventually include five 50,000-square-foot data center structures that can act as carrier-grade federal communications and hosting facilities.

October 28, 2007 by in Data Centers