An aerial view of the 470,0000 square foot Microsoft data center in San Antonio, Texas (Photo: Microsoft)

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of April 24th

For your weekend reading, we present a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week.

Microsoft’s Seven Tenets of Data Center Efficiency – While robots in data centers are a thing of the not-too-distant future, Microsoft already has some of the most efficient data centers in the world. Here are its key data center design principles.

How Cloud Has Changed the Data Center Architect – Considerations around power, cooling, location, available utilities, and even pricing all fall under the realm of the data center architect. Now, these professionals must take a new look at the architecture that they work so hard to support.

Data Center Cooling: ASHRAE to Widen Humidity Envelope – After having raised the inlet-air temperature in its recommendations three times (once in 2004, once in 2008, and again in 2011), ASHRAE’s TC 9.9 is now working on expanding the relative-humidity part of the envelope.

Data Center Power: Why Combined Heat and Power Makes Sense – CHPs convert natural gas to energy efficiently, but when used in tandem with absorption chillers can also in some cases provide all the chilled water a data center may need.

National Lab Reins in Data Center Management Chaos – Computer facility manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory talks about the challenge of managing one of the most chaotic types of data center environments, and what he and his team have done to rein in the chaos.

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