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Blowing hot and cold in the data centre

News | 04/17/2007 1:12 pm EDT

Many diabolical factors are conspiring to turn data centres into energy-burning sinkholes. Packing power-sucking, heat-blowing servers to maximize efficiency means even more energy has to be expended for cooling. Only about a third of a typical server's power draw is needed to run the machine – the other two-thirds is for cooling. And energy prices continue their relentless rise as data centres scramble to add yet more gear to keep up with computing demand.

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