HP Opens World's First Wind-Cooled Energy Efficient Data Center
Hewlett-Packard recently unveiled one of the most energy-efficient data centers in the world. Energy efficiency, and in particular energy-efficient cooling, is tremendously important to the data center & IT industry. More than half of the energy used in the world's data centers is used to cool the servers and keep them from overheating.
HP's answer to this challenge was, in a world's first, to create a data center that is cooled completely by wind power. This innovative system works by sucking in and filtering the cool air from outside the center's northeast England location. This, plus a few other energy efficient tricks, keep the data center at a cool 75 degrees Fahrenheit year round.
Some other amazing energy efficient features include:
Server racks with light-reflecting coatings, which cuts down on lighting needs by 40%, and an on-site rainwater collection system that can be used to humidify the incoming air.
With the completion of the data center, HP will have unique data center design experience that they expect will help give them a leg up on their competitors such as IBM. And soon they expect to receive even more recognition, when Energy Star begins auditing and certifying the top quarter of energy efficient data centers this summer. Efficiency = Good Business? Definitely seems to have paid off here.
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