Yahoo, Intel Unveil Green Data Centers

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted May 3, 2010


Last week, week both Yahoo and Intel unveiled green infrastructure projects. Yahoo's, five years in the making, involved completely rethinking how a data center should be designed from the ground up for efficient cooling and heating. The end result is a data center in upstate New York that requires absolutely no chillers and requires water for cooling on only 9 days per year. The Enterprise IT Planet Green blog explains how this is possible.


This week saw the unveiling of two green infrastructure projects from tech giants Yahoo and Intel. First up is Yahoo, which has spent five years completely rethinking how a data center should be designed from the ground up for efficient cooling and heating. The end result of their thinking is a data center in upstate New York that requires absolutely no chillers and requires water for cooling on only 9 days per year. The Yahoo Computing Coop is estimated to have a PUE rating of 1.1, the most efficient in the industry.

Yes, you read that right -- the building is being referred to as a coop, as in chicken coop. The three buildings in the data center are built of prefabricated metal with louvers aligned with prevailing winds. The louvers permit cool air to enter the facility and cool servers, while heated air is channeled to a hot aisle with a chimney which exhausts the hot air. The entire facility is built like a chicken coop which has similar designs to exhaust hot air. The design is so efficient that Yahoo will only spend 1 percent of its energy costs on cooling. Speaking of energy costs, the coop uses hydro-electric power for its electricity, further reducing its carbon impact.

Last week, week both Yahoo and Intel unveiled green infrastructure projects that just might change how the data centers everywhere operate.

Read the rest of "IT Manager Salary" on the Enterprise IT Planet Green Blog

For more green data center news, be sure to check out this week's green data center news roundup also on the Enterprise IT Planet Green Blog. Highlight include news from F5 Networks, Samsung Electronics, CloudPronto, Ixia and Consolidate-IT.

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