Yahoo goes green-and wet-in new data center

Online search site Yahoo will open a new data center in western New York, primarily powered by Niagara Falls.

07/06/2009


One of the most well-known landmarks in North America will soon be powering one of the most-visited websites in the world.

Internet search engine Yahoo has announced that its newest data center will be p rimarily powered by Niagara Falls , the nearly 170-ft high waterfalls located on the border between New York state and Canada. Ground will break in August 2009 and the center is expected to open in May 2010 in Lockport, N.Y.

Using the falls' hydroelectric energy will result in nearly 90% of the power used in the center going to the servers, instead of powering and cooling the building; typical data centers use only 50% of their energy to power the servers. The building, called the Yahoo Computing Coop thanks to its resemblance to a building chickens would live in, also features an annualized average power usage effectiveness of 1.1.

Yahoo, which receives nearly 500 million unique visitors every month, will use the 181,000 sq ft center for reviewing infrastructure.





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