Monday, May 23, 2011

Video: Google's Best Practices for Data Centers

Google published a series of short videos outlined some of its best practices in building and operating very large data centers around the world. The company strives to "think outside the box" when envisioning how a data center should be built for maximum efficiency. Some of its innovations include installing a UPS battery on-board each server so as to minimize the number of AC/DC conversions needed to ensure redundancy, utilizing free cooling wherever possible, and transforming an old paper mill in Finland into a modern data center cooled by seawater.

1. Measure PUE -- Power Usage Effectiveness

Google's lowest result is 1.09

2. Manage Air Flow

3. Adjust the Thermostat -- Running Hotter Data Centers

4. Utilize Free Cooling

5. Optimize Power Distribution

6. A Sea Water Cooled Data Center in Finland

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