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Grow a Greener Data Center by Douglas Alger

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Chapter 3Green Design and Build Strategies

This chapter discusses methods for limiting the environmental impact that occurs during the construction of a Data Center through decisions concerning physical location, choice of building materials, landscaping choices, and jobsite construction practices.

Siting the Data Center

The location of your Data Center can have a lot to do with how green it is. If your server environment is built in a region that possesses an abundance of renewable energy, for instance, you have a head start on a facility where such resources are rare.

Some companies, especially smaller ones, don’t have the luxury of choosing among multiple potential sites for their Data Center. The hosting environment is, by default, going ...

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