With power bills set to blow through the roof, data centre managers are faced with a tough dilemma. Raising the ambient temperature within their computer rooms can cut down air conditioning costs and open up greater windows of time for 'free cooling' techniques, but servers and other computing equipment are known to suffer performance issues outside of the range of temperatures recommended by the hardware vendors.
Data centre operators also face some uncertainty as to how high they can push temperatures before hardware vendors void warranty or service obligations. In this article, iTnews asked the major server vendors and some data centre operators about where to draw the line on how warm to allow your data centre to run.
Source: IT News