First thing up today is the video tour of the new HP Wynyard data center. Lots of great ideas here, one questionable one. The idea of using light colored cabinets to reduce the requirement for lighting is a great one that gets ignored commonly and the beautifully neat overhead cable racks make working on cabling a snap. The questionable is the cold air flow. Why expend extra energy pumping the air in the opposite direction it naturally wants to go?
Most unfortunate headline of the week: “Could Tiger Woods render networks impotent today?“. I have no idea what I could possibly add to that one.
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I was just reading about data center temperatures and server failures. Holy cats, a 60deg F internal temperature difference between servers? This is a graphic example of the importance of airflow distribution, doesn’t matter how much cooling capacity you have, if you don’t get it to the right place, the results aren’t going to be pretty!
The hype on the HP Wynyard data center has officially jumped the shark. We’ve gone from “wind cooled” to “glacial wind cooled”, ignoring the fact that the facility isn’t cooled by “wind” at all, not to mention it can’t be 100% free air cooled, still requiring chillers for certain times of year (also not to mention that this is NOT the first free air cooled data center either). Not taking anything away from HP, but this is getting ridiculous.
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Today’s piece of egregious greenwash comes from the story about HP’s “100% wind cooled” data center and other sources. The first part of the story says “It is entirely air-cooled..”, then we get “but the facility still needed traditional chillers for those occasions” and “Installing chillers in addition to building the natural air cooling…”. Doesn’t anyone check to make sure what they’re writing makes sense? I’m not taking anything away from an admittedly impressive facility, but, if there is legacy cooling present and it has to be used, the facility is NOT “entirely air-cooled” or “100% wind cooled”. If you want to hype something, avoid contradicting yourself in the same article.
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