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Power and Cooling in the Datacenter

Datacenters are notoriously power hungry. What might surprise you to learn is that the most power-hungry element of the typical datacenter is not the servers at all – but the cooling systems that are needed to prevent the servers from over-heating.

In recent years, as servers have increased in capacity and speed, the amount of heat generated has increased massively. This means datacenters need to work harder than ever to maintain an optimum temperature.

Datacenters need to offer these high-capacity, fast servers to meet customer demand, but using this technology creates real issues around energy consumption and efficiency. First and foremost, in many cases, is the issue of cost – powering cooling systems is expensive, so anything a company can do that reduces the need for cooling has to be a good thing.

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Day 1: Green Data Center Conference, London Cloud computing, site selection and buzz!

From Jan Wiersma, Technical Director, EvoSwitch at GDCON, London

Datacenter discussions have begun, meetings are taking place and there was a cloud computing buzz in the air as the pre-summit workshops took place yesterday at Green Data Center Conference in London. It was a hardcore of industry enthusiasts, including myself, who yesterday attended the first 3 hour workshop of the day, on Cloud 101, with Tim Crawford at All Covered. The content largely resonated with what I have spoken about before on this blog, which is that the hype around cloud computing and virtualisation is now dying out the industry and its clients are getting realistic. In my view, theres a mixed reaction among datacenter companies. Some are worried about the effect on traditional colocation services, while others see it as an opportunity to provide additional services in provisioning for the cloud. Either way you look at it, the market is definitely moving!

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