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HP's Wynyard finally Open

13 February 2010 @ 10:19 am AEST

For those who've been keeping up with eco-friendly Data Center technology, many will remember HP's announcement for their wind-cooled Wynyard Data Center in early 2009. The center would be situated in North East England near Billingham and utilize the glacial wind blowing off of England's North sea to lower temperatures of IT equipment and plant rooms.

HP's wind-cooled Wynyard has finally been finished and offers other opportunistic data center companies a glimpse at what is possible. The facility is approximately 360000 square feet of space comprising of four data halls with enough spare room to create another four more data halls according to demand.

The Wynyard takes in the cool air, filters it accordingly and collects it in the management system and is then forced over the front of the server racks before it is exhausted. The result is a hall with a constant temperature of 24C. When the winds become even colder than usual, the exhausted heat is mixed with the outside air to maintain temperatures.

With a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.2 PUE or for every 1.2 watt used to power the equipment, 1 watt is used for cooling, the Wynyard data center is currently HP's most efficient data center. Most conventional data centers have PUE rating of 2.0 or higher while new more energy-efficient data centers have a PUE rating of 1.5 and below.

In addition to a power savings of £2.6 million annually the data center will also collect rainwater to help control humidity.

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