How to use fresh-air ventilation in blade server virtualization?

Learn how fresh-air ventilation dovetails with blade server virtualization projects, saving a company money while reducing its carbon footprint.

Q: Can our listeners use fresh-air ventilation, DC and electrical power for blade server virtualization?

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Martin MacLeod is an IT consultant based in London with several years' experience deploying and supporting blade servers in volume. He also blogs at bladewatch.com, where he tracks news on blade servers, grids and virtualization. Listen to the rest of Martin's answers on blade server virtualization by downloading our blade server virtualization podcast.

Yes, they can. DC power has been used by quite a few large companies as a way of reducing the energy requirements for their data center. Fresh-air ventilation is just another way of providing cooling to the data center, but both are equally good and an excellent way of reducing the carbon footprint, the amount of energy you use in your data center. What it's going to depend on is your location, your experience with DC power, what constraints you have in place with service-level agreements, and how you do business with your clients.

This was first published in February 2008

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