From drones to toilets, Wired takes a look at the world?s most creative efforts to reinvent data-center design.
Apple is actively advertising for help with the design and construction of its “next generation” data centers as it begins work on a new computing facility in Prineville, Oregon and expands its iCloud data center in Maiden, North Carolina.
The amount of data the world stores is on an explosive growth curve. According to research outfit IDC, the digital universe will grow 44 times larger over the course of the decade, thanks to the rise of worldwide obsessions such as social media and cloud computing. And that means more data centers. But this data center boom comes at a time of high energy prices and heightened concern about carbon emissions. The days of cramming truck loads of servers into a room and firing up a bunch of industrial air-conditioners to cool them are over. Here, Wired takes a look at nine of the more innovative facilities that came online in 2011.
As the internet expands — and businesses bring more and more data online — it’s more important the ever that data centers keep their power consumption down. Raising temperatures is one rather easy way to save power, but many data operators are afraid to dial up the savings. That’s beginning to change.
Facebook is getting some green love from Greenpeace. The activist environmental organization declared victory in its nearly two-year campaign to pressure Facebook to reduce the environmental impact of its data centers. The social media giant’s data centers house a colossal arsenal of servers that supports the friendships and marketing campaigns of 800 million people across the globe.