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Degrees of Failure: Datacenter Cooling Strategies Re-Examined

Are datacenter operators not only over-cooling, but applying too many controls on datacenter temperatures? A 451 Research analysis of industry failure rate data suggests that, counter to traditional practice, most datacenter operators will get fewer failures if they allow temperatures to wander across a wide envelope. For many, that means they could operate with less expensive controls and mechanical cooling equipment, saving significantly on both energy and capital.