It was just a little over a year ago that Yahoo announced it was building a super-effiicient data center in Lockport, NY - one that would be powered by Niagara Falls. Just this week, the company unveiled the finished product.
The Lockport facility will indeed be powered by Niagara Falls hydropower, but the impressive part of the data center is the efficient design. Called the Yahoo Computing Coop, the facility was modeled after a chicken coop, with long, narrow buildings that encourage re-circulation of Lockport's cool air. Between the cool climate and the efficient design, the data center will only use one percent of the energy it requires annually on cooling. That is a very significant reduction as most traditional data centers use upwards of 50 percent of energy demand on cooling.
Here are some more numbers. The data center will use 40 percent less energy and at least 95 percent less water than a conventional data center. The energy saved is roughly equivalent to the electricity used by 9,000 NY houses each year and the water saved is equal to the amount that flows over Niagara Falls each minute (about 4 million cubic feet's worth).
Yahoo owes most of the credit to the Lockport location: the cool climate, regular winds and proximity to ample hydropower. But the company capitalized on those things with a smart design and use of more efficient technology, something that other tech companies could easily replicate.
via Yahoo Blog
written by hydrophilia, October 04, 2010
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