Yahoo opens green data center in New York


Internet giant Yahoo ( YHOO ) offered this week a preview of what the data center of the future could look like.

The company announced on Monday that it had opened a green data center in Lockport, New York, a town in the western part of the state. The center uses a design that Yahoo has been developing for some time; the company received a $9.9 million grant from the Department of Energy last year to bring its design into commercial use.

Yahoo's new data center relies on air-cooling to keep its servers from overheating - so it should consume 40 percent less energy and 95 percent less water than a conventional data facility. It will save enough energy each year, the company estimates, to power 9,000 average homes or 1.1 million laptops.

"Yahoo is serious about sustainability and is leading efforts to address climate change. That's why we believe in creating highly efficient data centers that minimize the impact on the environment," company CEO Carol Bartz said. She was on hand at the data center's unveiling.

Yahoo isn't the only company to green its data operations. Google ( GOOG ), which operates vast data networks, is the nation's largest consumer of renewable power.

By Steve Monfort

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