Report: Most data centers are too cold
Even though ASHRAE recommends that data centers maintain 80 F temperatures, 100% of respondents cooled their facilities to 74 F or less.
Representatives from Intel , IBM , Hewlett-Packard , Liebert Precision Cooling , and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab conducted the study, along with a recent Liebert survey of members of the Data Center Users Group ( DCUG ), that showed that 100% of respondents was cooling data centers significantly below ASHRAE 's recommended 80.6 F.
Last year, ASHRAE raised its 2004 high-end recommendation for inflow temperature from 77 F to 80.6 F. Of the 98 respondents to the DCUG survey, however, none had a computer-room air handling inflow temperature higher than 74 F, and the majority chilled their air to 70 F or below.
Chilling the air, of course, requires a significant power outlay, but getting the servers to communicate their cooling needs to computer-room air conditioning (CRAC) units is difficult because the equipment works on different protocols. Additionally, CRAC-unit vendors aren't motivated to step up and say that overly cool data centers are wasting power and money, since they profit from selling more powerful cooling systems.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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