eBay goes green, plans data center running on renewable energy

Telecom Lead America: eBay, a global commerce platform is
all set to use renewable energy for its operations, as it plans to build new
data center running on renewable energy.

The company has partnered with Bloom Energy to design 6
MW of bloom fuel cells into new data center as primary energy source.

eBay is designing renewable energy into the core of its global
commerce platform, incorporating 30 Bloom Energy servers into the new data
center’s energy architecture.

The company said that it will only use electric utility
grid as backup for its operations.

We are embracing disruptive energy technology and designing
it into our core data center energy architecture. Running our data centers
primarily on reliable, renewable energy, we intend to shape a future for
commerce that is more environmentally sustainable at its core,” said John
Donahoe, President and CEO of eBay

The new six-megawatt Bloom installation is being designed
and engineered into eBay’s expanded data center facility in Utah, and will be
fully functional by mid-2013.

  By being a trail blazer and deploying a brand new,
revolutionary architecture to build its new data center, eBay is raising the
standard for the entire industry. It is 21st century infrastructure for
the industry needs of the 21st century,” said KR Sridhar, Principal Co-Founder
and CEO of Bloom Energy

The company said that it will use the Bloom fuel cells to
replace the large and expensive backup generators and UPS components.

The Bloom servers will power millions of transactions by
eBay’s more than 102 million active users, who generate more than $69 billion
in merchandise volume annually.

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