When it came to designing an energy efficient data center, Yahoo didn’t have to look far. Chicken coop design was enough to solve the problem of keeping its 50,000-odd servers cool. The company recently unveiled its facility in Lockport, N.Y., near Buffalo which has a power usage effectiveness rating of 1.08, far less than the industry average of 1.92.
The long narrow building’s sustainable design makes it easier to circulate in outdoor air reducing the need to use chillers in data centers. The building partially funded with a $9.9 million Department of Energy Green IT grant, will use 40 percent less electricity than typical data centers and only one percent of its energy bill on cooling.