File this one under the smarter planet category: we are launching a new data center in North Carolina designed to take advantage of outside air flows for cooling and to run a bit warmer than usual.
As Network World reports:
Among the things the company is doing to reduce energy usage is to adopt latest environmental recommendations by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, which allow the temperature for data center equipment from the old recommendation of 77 degrees Fahrenheit to 80.6 , reflecting improvements in equipment design.
The maximum temperature involves certain moisture ranges as well. IBM will start at 75 degrees and inch its way up over time, in part because the data center will have some non-IBM equipment running in it.
The data center will also use outside air to cool radiators and chill water, and the company believes it will be able to take advantage of outside temperatures for cooling more for more than half the year.
Dzaluk said that once measurements are taken he expects the data center will be among the most efficient in the world, with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratio of about 1.2 to 1.3. Facebook Inc. recently announced a new data center in Prineville, Ore ., that it says it expects a PUE ratio of 1.15.
Not to toot our own horn (though that's what I am supposed to do!), but this type of initiative is exactly the kind of innovation we are bringing to the server world. By using these new techniques to cool and redesigning hardware to have better heat tolerance, we are greatly increasing the efficiency of our units' power consumption. Cool stuff.
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