Temp at Level 3 data centers

Jean-Francois Mezei jfmezei_nanog at vaxination.ca
Fri Oct 13 19:02:35 CST 2017

On 2017-10-13 14:10, Roy wrote:
> The IBM 308x and 309x series mainframes were water cooled. 

The bank I worked for had just installed one. A big change were noise
levels, the thing was really quiet. But servicing now required a plumber
too. (there was a separate cabinet for the water pumps as I recall.)

But in all cases, the issue is how long you can survive when your "heat
dump" is not available. If nobody is removing heat from your water loop
it will eventually fail too.

In the end, it is a lot easier to provide redundancy for HVAC in one
large room than splitting the DC into small suites that each have their
1 unit. Redundancy there would require 2 units per suite. And the
problem with having AC units that are capable of twice the load (in case
other one fails) is that it increases the on-off cycles and thus reduces
lifetime (increases likelyhood of failure).

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