Intel is using architectural, software and “some well-placed fans” to control energy usage in its new data facility in Santa Clara, CA, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The data center, which is used in the design of chips, has harnessed the improvements to cut 12 weeks off its design cycle.
The story says that the data center is using approaches that were pioneered by consumer companies such as Facebook and Alphabet. The result is that the data center has a power usage effectiveness (PUE) on par with other Silicon Valley companies, the piece says.
At Data Center Knowledge, Legrand North America Director of Standards Cindy Monstream writes that a good power and cooling strategy no longer is the ultimate strategy for maximizing efficiency in data centers. Now, she writes, consideration of performance, time, space, experience and sustainability are requirements for maximizing data center performance.