October 19, 2012
Who Knew Data Centers Were Better Off as Snow Bunnies?
By Allison Boccamazzo, TMCnet Web Editor
Apparently, data centers perform more advantageously in colder locales, which means businesses looking to move their data centers towards colder climates are in luck. According to this recent Plum Voice blog, there’s now a pattern as to how we locate our IVR data centers.
Plum’s data centers, located in Philly, Boston and overseas in London, are all fairly cold-weather climates (at least, for the majority of the year). This seems to be good news for places like the North East, where people by the loads are bundling up and sporting new winter coats in anticipation of the bitter pre-winter season.
So what do you gain when it’s cold? Reportedly, when you’re saying “brrrr,” your data center’s seeing benefits – and lots of ‘em. For one, when the temperature drops, so do your energy costs, which is “something that’s becoming more important as cloud computing grows and more and more data centers pop up.”
Recent research presented by the Wall Street Journal shows that data centers accounted for 1.5 percent of global electricity use last year. That may not sound like quite a lot, but when thinking about how much electricity the entire world is using…that’s an almost unfathomable amount.
“Data centers can pack thousands of processors into a relatively small space. Having all those electronics sardined together in a confined space generates loads of heat,” Plum adds. “One of the highest costs in maintaining a data center these days (especially with ever-falling hardware prices) is the cooling costs.”
The bottom line? A data center located in the North Atlantic is going to cost significantly less than one located near a hot and tropical beach. So if you consider yourself a summer baby, think of this as one major perk of the snowy season that’s just around the corner!
Edited by Jamie Epstein
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