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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Are data centers really meant to be green?

Are data centers really meant to be green?

I was chastised this week by an attendee at a panel I was moderating in San Francisco for using the term “green” to describe strategies intended to better manage energy usage within a data center.Data centers cannot be green because they aren’t meant to be, my audience member declared.

December 4, 2007 by in Storage

Part 1: Does DC have a place in the data center?

Part 1: Does DC have a place in the data center?

I try to make a point of keeping promises, even though I may not always keep them right away. So, in response to a gentle e-mail earlier today from a kind reader, this is the first of a couple columns about using direct current (DC) as an energy option in the data center.

February 8, 2008 by in Storage

Green Grid techie gathering update (in case you couldn't be there)

Green Grid techie gathering update (in case you couldn't be there)

For those of you who couldn't attend the Green Grid Technical Forum this week in San Francisco, here's a useful link to some of the presentations and white papers that were debated on the opening day of the conference.I already know that some of this stuff is pretty controversial, especially the position that the Green Grid has taken about the use of Direct Current power in the data center, which is an issue that I've started doing some research on this week.

February 6, 2008 by in Storage

Pondering the green-ness of storage

Pondering the green-ness of storage

I have about two weeks worth of notes scattered all over my desk, all about worthy green tech companies that should have their story told. I get all super-organized at the end of the year, which usually inspires a major bout of winter cleaning and purging of my files.

December 24, 2007 by in Storage

DataDirect's "sleep mode" for green storage

DataDirect's "sleep mode" for green storage

Since I seem to have green storage on the brain, wanted to point out some technology I was briefed on last week before checking out for the holiday weekend. The outreach from this company was prompted by my post earlier this month about whether data centers are meant to be green or not.

December 26, 2007 by in Storage

India data center deploys HP cooling technology

India data center deploys HP cooling technology

Hewlett-Packard has scored another real-world deployment of its Dynamic Smart Cooling technology, which became commercially available earlier this month.The project, located in Bangalore, India, consolidates 14 different research lab data centers into a 70,000-square-foot high density facility.

October 29, 2007 by in Storage