Clean Power Stations for micro Data Centers: Diffusing the Power Sucking Alien- Mega Data Center for Cloud Services profit..

DataCenterMonthlyCostssource:    (2010)

By now you have heard about  Mega Data Centers being built at record pace for mega bucks.

It’s less likely you have heard of or even considered the environmental cost of these data centers, unless of course you fall for the green-washing promoted by the typical large players like Google, Microsoft, Oracle, EMC who claim they are working on it in an impactful way (say 10% of their data center footprint running on renewable energy whether directly or indirectly).

Let’s face it, it’s nice to be green, but can you do it profitably? Today,  Monthly Power Bills are anywhere from 18-20% of the cost of a Mega Data Center’s monthly operating charge.  Competitive reality says all of the big Data Center Players use OPEX financing models, in order to favorably attract shareholders looking for a dividend, so this means going to debt markets to finance such a  distributed hosting service delivery strategy couple  with  off-grid power strategy for Cloud Services to the B2B and B2C market segments, which means the returns have to be there year 1.

To get started, so the move to micro data center based Cloud Service delivery is profitable in an impactful way, a market player in this space needs to commit to a small 5% foot print conversion to renewable power, and that means a 1 year investment of at least US $1B even for even a small player like Telus in Canada, or Swisscom in Switzerland. Certainly not a “chump change” decision, and what does it really buy them in terms of L2R “Likely to Refer” score improvements with their ever fickle commercial or residential  service subscribers, where L2R is THE key investor indicator of market success in the Telecoms subscriber retention game. Amortized over a three year facilities/equipment lease, it means annual revenue must be maintained above $390M/yr for this 1% of the micro DC foot print and edge delivery of cloud Services  move to make sense, where the equipment deployed has a useful 5 year life, generally, with the exception being Solid State Drives (the key to fast Cloud Service Delivery and optimal VM density), which on average  see these SSDs decommissioned every 4 months (50/50 R/W use).

Reality tells us the efforts of these “World Order” giants, National  Leviathans and  local state or country Wannabe Telecoms players to reduce power consumption and convert such power consumption to renewable energy sources in order to improve L2R scores, grow stock value and beef up operating margins,  is only now becoming a main operating expense line item to be scrutinized intensely as part of the overall strategic plan.  Many of these wannabe cloud services players  include “slow to move” country and state level former Telecoms Monopoly “spawn” trying to “pull on their big boy pants”  and change up  their “same old, same old” game in order to survive, let alone thrive in this ever growing and  changing market of mega data centers. So far, none have been successful in implementing the above suggested strategy.

So “What’s a poor ‘Telecoms centric’, Mega Data Center wannabe player to do?” Grow bigger with bigger Mega Data Center footprint in order to compete with the likes of world players Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Equinix, and big national players like Rackspace, etc? Well they can try but I say good luck with that.

Hmm? Maybe there is another way.

How about go against the flow, play to their small market strengths and go distributed, with localized modular micro data centers hosting delivery of Cloud Services with their own off-grid generation and storage, using the grid as backup of last resort to improve Cloud Service delivery Access times and raise L2R scores with subscribers, oh yeah, and improve operating margins?

Is it even possible? What new market dynamics need to be harnesses to make it possible?

Will localized Cloud Service delivery from local micro data centers really boost L2R scores,  meaningfully impact stock value and improve operating margins?

The answer to the  first question is  a “qualified” Yes as it is for the last question, provided the progressive CTO gets the backing he needs from the CEO to really scale up micro data center powered Cloud Services, locally hosted and accessed by  the B2C and B2B customers found at the edge of their existing service network which connect to smaller secondary markets. Such a deployment of Cloud Services  can deliver  2X to 4X  better response times and  boost L2R scores at much lower cost, due to long term cost savings in power consumption. (In fact excess power can be sold back to the grid to further improve monthly operating margins, where the co-lo operator has enough roof space for large solar and even micro wind  power generation).

The 2nd, third and fourth tier players such as Telus, Swisscom et al,   looking to carve out decent earnings for their shareholders in the Data Center delivered Cloud Services markets can find success in harnessing the market dynamics of renewable energy,  to actually boost higher L2R scores, retain and grow subscribers and, in the process, improve overall operating margins, however,  the responsibility for such distributed micro data center success largely rests in the hands of the smaller player CTO and relies on  their ability to chart a strategic course of action to CEO backed lower power costs per month. The CTO needs to tailor  the deployment and management of Cloud Services in an operationally  efficient, cost effective manner which actually plays to their local market strengths and loyalties , by leveraging  centrally managed, yet localized execution of lower Cost of Energy  “CoE”,  which manifests itself as  off grid  powered or edge grid connected (for backup only), which are primarily battery powered micro data centers capable of hosting dynamically deploy-able, containerized, scalable cloud services as needed, to satisfy subscriber real-time demand, all the while managing the power consumption dynamically and efficiently. When the micro data center is not busy in slow periods or in the middle of the night any excess power accumulated  is then sold off to the public grid at a time of day which is most profitable. This means installing  potentially more storage that what is required by the micro data center for normal operation to take advantage of selling power at higher prices.

6761_Huawei-data-center-container.jpgsource: Huawei

Quick Deploy Containerized  Data Center Solutions:

Also the really  good news is there are more and more “canned” and even containerized solutions emerging every day, which make this “go against the flow” strategy of localized micro data centers not only a possibility, but a competitive reality which cannot be ignored. Of course none of these solutions are created equal when considering power consumption, so one has to be a careful shopper of Cost of Energy “CoE” when evaluating these canned or containerized micro data center solutions.

The Micro Data Center Secret Sauce:  

DevOps Driven Deployment  “D3” via Cost Effective Orchestration

DevOps Deployment Players Chart

Always Software combined with New Deployment Operational Mastery is the key these days where container management within a VM Virtual Machine distributed framework is the order of the day when moving software servers , components and even applications around, and those that master the current tools of the DevOps trade will win, provide they can cost effectively and efficiently orchestrate a collage of vendor equipped deployment capabilities as IaaS, Infrastructure as a Service to squeeze our those better subscriber experiences used to keep stock prices buoyant and operating margins plump.

If you want to cut through the vendor  spin of DevOps Orchestration,  here are some useful reviews  from the DEvOps faithful.


In the End its all about the Power Baby to go against the flow

For those DevOps faithful, power today in the Mega Data Center is taken for granted, “the cost is a given” or, is it?

In fact someone else tends to provide current DC power under sub contract, providing all   management and servicing of  the power source under the 3 or five year DC co-lo agreement, which by the way,  is tough and costly to break, which means there goes your market agility as your competitor’s out grab you in market share, improve their L2R and attract investors their way, because they went against the flow to lower power costs with distributed co-lo-based Cloud Services operating from micro data centers powered by offgrid renewable generation and new low cost energy storage with predictable flat power charges for the next 15 to 20 years.

The fact is, how you,  as a Tier 2, 3 or 4 Cloud Services player,  provide Power to your Data Center, big or small, is  without question, a strategic decision, moving forward. Such a move can become part of boosting L2R scores across 50% of the subscriber base long term,  which is done so by simply and effiicently  shifting part of your data center build and deployment of co-lo software servers and components  back to  old local co-lo points and  into new local co-lo points of access as containerized Cloud Services operating in remote VMs to service these remote  fixed and mobile subscribers.

One can  simply strategically commit 1-3% of your  renewed or new growth DC deployment per year to become  off-grid and grid edge micro data center builds, supplied by  80-100% by renewable energy generation. These new deployments will be powered up with cutting edge Lithium Polymer and Zinc based large format and containerized battery systems, fed by those same renewable generation systems,  and backed up by the less than reliable, aging and efficient, legacy power grid, which by the way will become more and more expensive as centralized power generation costs continue to rapidly rise over the next five years.

The off-grid powered Micro Data Center hosted Cloud Services Bottom Line…  

L2R goes up, Operating Margins go  up, Power Costs Flatten…

Within three to five years, 5%  and as much as  15% of your DC foot print will be transformed into micro data center hosted Cloud Services  with higher L2R scores and  fatter Cloud Service margins based  on lower power consumption costs.  No guarantees here, but there is also a good likelihood your company’s stock price will  float to the top of the  competitive heap…

Can you afford to wait?    Off-Grid Power Stations for Micro Data Centers:

Profitable Cloud Service Delivery at the Service Network Edge

One can always wait.., for impending doom, or go for it and not only survive but thrive, with the right strategy,  energy, and application of capital in the right market location when it comes to micro data center powered Cloud Services delivered at the edge of your service network, leveraging localized off-grid or grid edge  renewable power generation and new cutting edge battery storage for power supply.

The existing market dynamic now in full force is the  confluence of  new price/performance synergies between  new Solar and Wind Power Generation technology advances and price reductions and  the new low cost Lithium Polymer as well as Zinc Air and Zinc Bromine Energy Storage which now makes micro data center deployments of Cloud Services a reality, so there is no need to wait.

Low cost, Large format Battery Storage has finally arrived, as has cheap  small scale Solar and  cheap small Wind powered electricity generation, and more and more there are canned renewable power stations employing these advances which can be deployed rapidly to power your localized ” canned” or containerized” micro data centers serving up your most popular Cloud Services.

To find out more about of off-grid and near grid clean power solutions capable of powering your micro data center driven Cloud Services, check out our partner’s site at

If you need some help designing, sourcing and supporting the deployment of off-grid clean power stations in order to realize your edge deployment of Cloud Services in  off-grid powered and/or grid edge connected  and powered micro data centers, then send an email or give them a call, and we would be glad to provide you with a plan and way forward.




Ontario Government’s Green Energy Shame and Tax Payer Disaster…

Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault has issued a mea culpa on the way the Liberal government implemented its Green Energy plan. Thibeault says the implementation of the Green Energy Act has led to “sub-optimal outcomes” for consumers and to increased prices in electricity for families and businesses in Ontario. In a speech delivered Friday to […]

via Ontario energy minister admits mistake with green energy program — Global News

Starwind5 licenses <10kW Name Plate Designs to

Friday, February 24th, 2017, Toronto, Canada- Press Release, Starwind5.


As part of a worldwide exclusive agreement Starwind5 has  today, licensed their five blade, low mount, wind powered generator designs to Mobismart of Toronto, Canada for  production, sub-licensing  and re-sale  both as integrated options attached to the  Mobismart Clean Power Trailer and as standalone MobiWind Power Generation, Storage and Delivery solutions.

World’s First Clean Power Trailer with Low Mount Wind, Solar, ICE Combined.

“To our knowledge is the first Clean Power Trailer company to tightly integrate mobile/portable, tilt up wind turbines, designed to operate in Low Mount turbulent wind conditions. The Starwind5 will be utilized under the MobiWind label as a co-prime mover clean electricity generation element in parallel with their Solar electricity prime mover element and Mobismart’s optional ICE ‘Internal Combustion Engine’  prime mover of last resort, which is diesel/gas/propane power electricity generation,” Mr. Robert Reive stated, the Managing Director of Starwind5, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harvistor, a limited liability technology holding company, based out of New Jersey, USA.

MobiSmart Clean Power Trailers can be deployed with the MobiWind turbine mounted on the tow trailer for easy transport and deployment anywhere. As an option the MobiWind wind power generator can also be installed on a separate mount on rooftops or in the field and then connected to any MobiSmart Clean Power Trailer near by, as the MobiSmart Power Trailer can be optioned with a slave controller which specifically integrates and balances the MobiWind power generation in fast, simple “plug n charge” fashion.

Made in Canada, exported worldwide.

“We are quite excited to be working with MobiSmart and their main contract manufacturing partner, also in Toronto, to create the the world’s first mobile/portable Clean Power Trailer or Power Station, one which can be configured and tuned to efficiently generate, store and deliver clean power anywhere on the planet. MobiSmart’s innovative design allows their Clean Power Trailer to be shipped in quantity via standard ISO shipping containers, for delivery and use any where in the world.”

Starwind5 will fly under the MobiWind product label at MobiSmart, configured and produced in various nameplate capacities from 1.5kW up to 10kW  Name Plate, optioned with a MobiSmart Clean Power Trailer mount tilt mast,  or in separate but power connected “island”  rooftop masts and field mast options installed and connected to one or more nearby MobiSmart Clean Power Trailers.

Diesel Power Trailers are morphing into Hybrid Clean Power Trailers

Mr. Reive went on to say “In 2016 and 2017 we see the worldwide power trailer market changing rapidly, with big name vendors looking to integrate solar and wind into their existing diesel power trailer offer, and in certain market segments, these vendors want to simply replace diesel with wind/solar and battery, especially where delivery of diesel fuel, theft of diesel fuel and the related high monthly service costs of diesel systems are prevalent. MobiSmart has for the first time, after many years of design effort, been able to converge the improvement in price/power density of the latest generation of Lithium Polymer and Tubular Gel Lead Acid batteries, together with the dramatic improvement in solar power  price/power efficiency and also by adding Starwind5’s superior Low mount power output into the mix,  to create, with Mobismart’s new dynamic control logic power charging schemes,  a brand new type of Clean Power Trailer which can be configured and dynamically tuned to balance power production with storage, against  ever changing local power needs, and if necessary , balance clean generation & storage with ICE generation  and related fuel levels, to  absolutely deliver the best Cost of Energy “COE” solution in this power market segment.”

Fast Payback in 3-5 Years on Average:

MobiWind equipped Mobismart Clean Power Trailers

“Payback of MobiSmart Clean Power Trailer systems, when deployed for a variety of different applications such as permanent remote Mobile Tower Power,  temporary Roadside Signage Power, or  power for remote work sites, both temporary or long term, can occur in as little as 18 months, when replacing or augmenting diesel power. Typically  a break even point for the MobiSmart Clean Power Trailer will occur with in 3-4 years of use and operation. Since the warranty life is 10 years  for MobiSmart Clean Power Trailers and the useful life is typically 15 and extend-able with maintenance packages to 20 years, we can see that MobiSmart is going to be very busy selling, renting and maintaining many of these Clean Power Trailers for many years to come.”

For more information, to get a quote, ask for a customized  Power Trailer Solution, or to place an order for’s  standard new Clean Power Trailers, you can send Nick Efston the CEO of MobiSmart a note at

MobiSmart Clean Power Trailers can be configured with 2kW,3.5 Kilowatt all the way up to 9.5kW of Name Plate generation. End user applications can expect to get up to 60 Amp hours of continuous 2.0kW output from one full charge in the standard full configuration. Given the MobiSmart Clean Power Trailers are continually re-charging, even in low wind and dim days, users can expect properly configured systems to never run out of power. Mobismart Clean Power Trailer weights range from 4500lbs to 6000lbs depending on the configuration options selected. Grid Connection options are also available.

Early Production of the Clean Power Trailer with the MobiWind option power by Starwind5 is scheduled to commence in March with first deliveries to the first waiting customers in Canada to be delivered by June of 2017.








Parts 2.0: Coming to a local manufacturer near you – 3D Printing Startup Exit Activity – Q4 2016

Checkout the vibrant 3D printing market which is transforming the manufacture of most parts to be a local boutique, small and medium business endeavor without all the mold nonsense. Hi volume part production just around the corner in the next 3 to 5 years.. 🙂

Happy New Year 2017!


The following two graphs show exit activity in the 3D Printing sector. The graphics include data through October 2016. The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each…

Source: 3D Printing Startup Exit Activity – Q4 2016

Big Wind keeps on Burnin’ Proud Vendors keep on churnin’, more spin

Nice summary of Big Wind HAWT fundamental design problems.

The future reality is distributed small wind with solar and storage is the  winning combo, not this CENTRALIZED  Big Wind,  Grid attached production which creates a dineNdash cocentration of wealth which does not benefit the local communities hosting this big wind farms.
Wind Turbines: Lots of Problems, No Free Energy –

Ubuntu Core 16 for IoT released — Mentoras

Ubuntu Core 16 for the Internet of Things was released a few days agoa, to provide enhanced security and app store support for connected devices. Ubuntu Core 16 uses Ubuntu’s snap packages technology to ensure that IoT applications access only necessary data. The operating system and kernel in Ubuntu Core also are delivered as snaps. […]

via Ubuntu Core 16 for IoT released — Mentoras

Okay now this IoT stuff is finally getting serious with mainstream support for Linux via Ubuntu,  🙂