Monday, September 14, 2009

Data centres: the temples of IT

Data centres: the temples of IT

Bob Tarzey By: Bob Tarzey, Service Director, Quocirca
Published: 14th September 2009
Copyright Quocirca © 2009

Quocirca was recently shown around Equinix's LD4 data centre, which is located west of London and opened in October 2007.


Just one of Equinix's four uninterrupted power supply units in its LD4 facility contains banks and banks of batteries to power the data centre for just a few minutes. Then eight large oil-powered generators cut in.

But if the power used by mankind's ever growing hunger for computing power is a problem, it is one that co-location providers help mitigate, rather than make worse. If the computer equipment from within a single co-location facility was disaggregated back into many small inefficient data centres, the total power use would be far greater.

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