Report: Sears May Convert Some Auto Centers into Data Centers
November 15, 2013 9:52 AM
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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.
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11/15/2013 11:14:38 AM
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.
11/15/2013 5:24:17 PM
I've bought a bunch of stuff from Sears. Mostly appliances. Their TV selection and pricing is really good too.
11/17/2013 12:20:14 AM
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.
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