It is winter-time in the US and most of us are thinking about staying warm.
However, Many IT professionals, especially the facilities teams are constantly thinking about keeping the data centers cool.
What if IT started to think like everyone else and we could allow the Data Center to warm up some. What risks would that bring? Intel IT has been testing and evaluating our ability to adjust the temperature of our Data Centers and the findings are interesting.
Alon Brauner (Regional Data Center Operations Manager, Intel IT) talks about his experience on this project in this video on IT Sustainability. Alon has found that turning up the temperature a little in the datacenters (like turning your lights off at home) is saving Intel IT money while maintaining the data centers and the equipment within specification.
Trying out a few degrees warmer in the data center is a great idea. We've all been inside the meat lockers that are your standard data centers. And that cooling power is definitely necessary. But think of the energy savings available merely by increasing the temperature a bit. Need to keep making small steps in this direction.