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Sears says it could move fast if it decides data centers are the way to go

U.S. retailer Sears has a number of locations spread across the country in malls, and also has a sizeable number of standalone locations. Many of those locations have automotive service centers attached.
A new report indicates that Ubiquity Critical Environments, which is the data center unit of Sears Holdings, is currently considering a plan to convert some of its Sears Auto Centers into data centers.
Ubiquity is reportedly currently working with Schneider Electric on a proposal to build and operate mission-critical facilities in a number of markets around the country. Snyder Electric is a provider of data center equipment and services in the U.S.
Initially the exploration looked at converting old Sears and Kmart retail stores and warehouses into large data centers. However, it turned out that many of the promising locations were located near data center hubs that would have Ubiquity competing with existing providers.
Rather than competing head-to-head with the existing providers, Ubiquity changed its focus to look at converting smaller footprint locations in secondary markets. Sears believes that existing Auto Centers would be ideal for that strategy, especially stand-alone locations.
Sears has over 50 stand-alone automotive service center facilities typically located on the perimeter of shopping malls. Many of these locations are between 25,000 and 50,000 ft.² and have ceiling heights of around 16 feet. Ubiquity wants to convert some of these locations into data centers with between 1.2 MW and 2.4 MW of IT capacity.

Source: Datacenter Knowledge

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By km9v on 11/15/2013 10:55:17 AM , Rating: 2
Sears is still open?

RE: ?
By 91TTZ on 11/15/13, Rating: 0
RE: ?
By Motoman on 11/15/2013 11:08:58 AM , Rating: 2
You say "greedy investors" like there's any other kind. Or, in fact, that anyone would ever invest at all if "greed" wasn't the purpose.

But in reality, it's been a parade of moronic moves by moronic executives that have killed Sears/Kmart. It seems unlikely that they're going to survive much longer...but who knows.

RE: ?
By 91TTZ on 11/15/2013 2:16:10 PM , Rating: 2
You say "greedy investors" like there's any other kind. Or, in fact, that anyone would ever invest at all if "greed" wasn't the purpose.

There are different kinds. Some are in it for the long term while others are the "slash and burn" type that only cares about a quick return.

Some investors have faith in the long-term viability of a company and want to own a part of it. Others want to gain control of the company so they can chop it up and sell off the assets.

RE: ?
By Motoman on 11/15/2013 3:07:18 PM , Rating: 2
Regardless, you put your money into a company because you want *more* money.

No matter how you frame it, wanting more than what you have now is greed. Even if it's a moderate, long-term greed.

RE: ?
By 91TTZ on 11/15/2013 4:04:34 PM , Rating: 2
I think that long-term greed can be good for both the company and the investor. Short-term greed seems to only be good for the investor and hurts the company.

RE: ?
By Piiman on 11/16/2013 11:44:34 AM , Rating: 3
LOL No wanting Lots more than you NEED is greed. Do you live in a tent? if not then you earning more to move into a home or apartment ,according to you, is greed.

RE: ?
By ven1ger on 11/18/2013 2:59:25 PM , Rating: 2
That's kind of a strange comment. Of course everyone wants more, how you go about it differentiates the individual. Seriously, did you even consider your comment, is every parent that wants the best for their children greedy? I think you probably associated 99.9% of the world's population as being greedy.

RE: ?
By Flunk on 11/15/2013 11:14:38 AM , Rating: 2
Could have fooled me, they're closing all the stores around here. Doesn't affect me in the least, I haven't been in there in years. They never seem to have anything I want to buy.

RE: ?
By Spuke on 11/15/2013 5:24:17 PM , Rating: 2
I've bought a bunch of stuff from Sears. Mostly appliances. Their TV selection and pricing is really good too.

RE: ?
By superstition on 11/17/2013 12:20:14 AM , Rating: 2
Sears will sell a 5 year warranty on a dehumidifier or any other appliance. We have already gone through 4 dehumidifiers (A GE, an LG, a Frigidaire, and a Whirlpool.) We got the Sears one with the warranty. It can be renewed indefinitely. Given the extremely low lifespan of the other dehumidifiers (the GE being the worst at about thirteen months) there is nothing else on the market I could find that meets our needs. The Sears model also does a better job of drying our basement air than the others did.

Our Sears dishwasher has been very good, but a panel was shorted out by one of our incessant thunderstorms. Guess what? The extended warranty enabled us to pick up the phone and have a tech come out and replace the board. We didn't have to spend hundreds of dollars for the new part and money on labor.

People like to rag on Sears, but Kenmore products are often a bit better in quality and reliability. They seem to be vastly better than GE, which has a terrible record from our experience (including a $1400 fridge that clearly wasn't designed well since its cheap liquid capacitors weren't protected from condensation).

It's unfortunate that a company that will actually stand by its products for a reasonable fee is going out of business while companies that sell dreck and have no salesmanship like Wal-Mart thrive.

RE: ?
By Nagorak on 11/17/2013 4:51:54 AM , Rating: 2
You can actually get pretty damn good deals on appliances at Sears. Wait for a sale and you can get them as cheap or cheaper than anywhere else.

Unfortunately, I don't feel their CEO really knows what the hell he's doing. My experience has been that the sale staff is basically being forced to do things like complete sales on iPads for appearances, even when it is faster and more efficient just to use the old registers. In addition there are bugs with the connection between the two technologies and due to these problems on one occasion I was forced to waste an hour waiting around to complete an exchange due to these problems.

In my opinion efficiency and inconveniencing the customer should always be favored over using newfangled gadgets. I would have been more impressed if the problem I mentioned above had been resolved within 15 minutes than if the exchange was handled on the iPad (which it ultimately was not anyway).

I just don't think the CEO gets what is involved in running a satisfying retail operation. There's too much theory about what should be good, and not enough cold reality of what works. In addition he's implemented a system where the divisions of the company have to compete with one another, and this has resulted in them promoting outside products at the expense of products made by other divisions (such as Kenmore).

This is a pretty dumb idea.
By 91TTZ on 11/15/2013 11:08:34 AM , Rating: 4
It's shame that instead of trying to turn Sears around, investors are just cannibalizing it. They also ruined Craftsman. Craftsman was a great brand of affordable American made tools and now they moved production over to China. It's not that China can't produce good tools, it's that you can already buy decent Chinese made tools for about half the price of Chinese Craftsman tools. Who would want to buy it?

And their power tool division is even worse. Many of their tools aren't even customized to be Craftsman, they just have a sticker on it. They're basically placing a Craftsman sticker on an identical drill press that you can buy for half the price at Harbor Freight. Guess which one I'm buying?

RE: This is a pretty dumb idea.
By km9v on 11/15/2013 12:15:19 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it's sad really. They need a total & complete corp. makeover. It would cost billions of dollars to fix what those people screwed up.

RE: This is a pretty dumb idea.
By Kazinji on 11/16/2013 4:46:32 AM , Rating: 2
Finding craftsmen tools to be crappier and crappier. The tap and die set didn't see it was made in china...the standard are completely off... been going with huskie and Irwin.

By jjlj on 11/15/2013 11:29:30 AM , Rating: 4
I don't look at my self as the grammar police but some of the things I read here drive me nuts.

25,000 and 50,000 ft.²
Why not write it like normal people do? 25,000 and 50,000 sq ft.

RE: Really?
By agentsmithitaly on 11/15/13, Rating: -1
RE: Really?
By gixser on 11/15/2013 4:07:03 PM , Rating: 4
To make it worse there US-square feet are different from British square feet

Really? As a Brit living in the States I have to admit I've been telling American women that British inches are bigger than US inches for quite some time....but come on man!

auto centers closed
By ssobol on 11/15/2013 6:05:58 PM , Rating: 3
Some years ago some states forced Sears to shut down their auto services centers in those states because they were found to be excessively and routinely overcharging the customers.

I used to go to a Sears auto center at a mall in Indiana on a annual basis for an alignment. This was one of the ones shut down. That Sears is still there, and the auto service center is still closed.

Perhaps Sears is hoping to gouge the data center customers in a similar fashion.

RE: auto centers closed
By Xplorer4x4 on 11/22/2013 1:46:52 PM , Rating: 2
I live in Evansville, and out auto center is still open but I will never return. They charged me for a new brake pad, rotor, the whole nine yards on all 4 tires. Few months later, if that, brakes were going out again on at least one tire. Took it to a different shop this time, and they asked how long it had been since the brakes were fixed. When I told them it was a few months back, if that, they said Sears lied about the repair work on 1 or 2 tires.

another option
By DocScience on 11/15/13, Rating: 0
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer

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