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Greening the Data Center: A Pocket Guide by George Spafford

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CHAPTER 8: SELECTING A DATA CENTER LOCATION

Gartner estimates that 70% of the Global 1000 will need to replace their data centers in the next five years.37 The primary drivers of this need are cooling, energy costs, and energy availability, but there are other dimensions that must also be considered.

The following sections describe data center site-selection criteria that could affect cooling and thus power consumption.

Climate

Because cooling is such a concern, there are benefits to picking locations that are cooler. This allows the use of economizers a greater percentage of the time to make use of “free cooling” from the environment, and thus reduce the need for mechanized cooling that requires power. Spending money just to reduce the ambient ...

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