“Tourists visiting Newcastle upon Tyne are more likely to pack a warm wool sweater than a beach blanket. In northern England, swimsuit season brings summer rains and chilly temperatures. Yet according to the Palo Alto, CA-based Hewlett-Packard, you won’t find a better spot for a data center.
“The cool location is very attractive. We will probably only run the auxiliary cooling devices three days a year,” says Ed Kettler, a fellow at Hewlett-Packard (HP).
In February the company opened a facility that pulls sea air through seven-foot intake fans. The first story of the building is used to channel air. “We built a second story for the data center, and put intake fans on the first level,” says Kettler. “We basically have a twelve-foot raised floor.”…
…”This is why a handful of high tech companies are going retro, and revamping historic building designs that pre-date punch cards and magnetic strips (not to mention blade servers). The designs borrow from old bungalows, Northern California communes, and even Pre Columbian pueblos and ancient Roman villages. In the spirit of permaculture—a design philosophy that uses wind and sunlight for free cooling and light—electricity use is on the decline.”