Internet giant Yahoo (
) 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
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 (
), which operates vast data networks, is the nation's largest
consumer of renewable power.
By Steve Monfort