Yahoo today is scheduled to officially open a very energy-efficient data center in upstate New York, a building that shows how design often trumps high-technology widgets.
The facility in Lockport, N.Y., near Buffalo, will get almost all of its cooling from outdoor air, which is a significant energy saver. The Yahoo data center, which can hold 50,000 servers, will have a power usage effectiveness rating of 1.08, far less than the industry average of 1.92.
The cool climate of upstate New York helps reduce the need for the chillers usually used in large data centers. The … Read more