The Green Grid consortium has a radical idea for cooling energy-intensive data centers: opening the window.
The group on Thursday released an online tool for evaluating how data centers in North America can tap the outside air to augment data center air conditioning systems during cooler weather.
The tool lets people calculate, based on a ZIP code, how much outdoor air could save in cooling, a significant contribution to data center operating costs. In many places, the outdoor air is cooler than the temperature inside data centers.
The Green Grid said that a data center in San Jose, Calif., could … Read more