Turning up the data center heat
Temperatures may be going up in data centers if the advice of one expert is taken.
Temperature may play less of an impact in the design of data
centers if the advice of power and cooling expert Jim Simonelli is taken into
account, states an article in PC World.
According to Simonelli, keeping a data center at 68 F is no
longer a necessity thanks to new technology that allows storage and networking
equipment to run properly at temperatures exceeding 100 F. The idea is
consistent to a report published in 2007 by Google that stated that hot conditions do not have an affect on disk drives and
The new thinking may give companies the chance to slash their energy budget
by allowing the rooms to operate at 80 F or above as opposed to the previously
preferred 68 F. Over-heating no longer is a risk thanks to updated technology
such as server virtualization, which leads to fewer machines doing the same
amount of work as several previously did.