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eBay's Desert Data Center Gets Into Hot Water

eBay's Desert Data Center Gets Into Hot Water

The Green Grid /Screen capture How do you keep a data center cool in the middle of the desert, in a cost-effective and energy-efficient manner? It turns out that you can use hot water to keep server rooms cool, as eBay's Phoenix data center illustrates. One of the side effects of running a computer is that it tends to generate heat, which is not such a big deal if you've just got one. But when you scale that upward to running a large number of servers, and on up to rooms full of servers, that heat becomes a big issue. And so most of the facilities use air conditioning to keep their server rooms cool, which is both an extra cost and a higher energy usage for those companies. But according to Wired, the latest data center for eBay is using hot water to cool their hot servers. They're able to do so because the server rooms themselves are hotter than the water, and the heat fr...

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