Intel Claims 100 Degrees Isn't Too Hot in the Data Center

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted December 14, 2011


Intel Corp. (INTC) is telling its data center customers they can turn up the heat. As reported on Bloomberg, an Intel marketing manager said that by using new software and hardware data centers can spread work around to different computers to keep them cool.


 

"Most server and storage computers sit in rooms cooled to a brisk 64 to 69 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 21 C), an effort to avoid hot spots that might cause equipment to malfunction. All that air conditioning contributes to electricity costs of $26 billion a year. The facilities use 1.5 percent of the planet’s power, and that’s set to double by 2014, Intel says.

"By using new software and hardware to get a more detailed picture of what’s hot and what’s not, data centers can spread work around to different computers to keep them cool, says Jay Kyathsandra, an Intel marketing manager. That approach, together with a range of other technologies sold by Intel, could let technicians eventually turn the heat up past 100 degrees. The challenge is convincing customers, which count on servers to keep their businesses running, that the approach is safe."

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