Google's new data-center cools with weather prediction, not electricity


21 Responses to “Google's new data-center cools with weather prediction, not electricity”

  1. Xenu says:

    Is this a data center, or the inside of a Borg cube?

  2. Anonymous says:

    66 to 71 degrees it’s a lot, Mr.Celsius !

  3. eviladrian says:

    #4: The sky above the datacenter looks like the last act of Ghostbusters, with a massive funnel of cloud spinning away the heat into space.

  4. damagedbadtzmaru says:

    Shifting your entire data operations for seven days out of the year sounds like spending a fortune to save a few cents. Go-go, Greenwash Gadget!

  5. Anonymous says:

    The maximum temperature in Brussels during summer reaches 66 to 71 degrees


    Weather forecast for belgium today is 81 (27 celsius) and a couple of weeks ago we had 86 (30 celsius).

    I hope they did their research better than that or they will have a lot of days with the equipment turned off.

  6. jahknow says:

    Just wait until they take their Oscillation Overthruster out of beta.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The photo’s the CERN tape library.

  8. Anonymous says:

    @#5 XENU- I too fear this. They are only aiding the beast, the one who will awaken and enslave the humans. (maybe it is awake, only cooling off to prepare for battle)

  9. Moriarty says:

    Whatever happened to their offshore, wave powered, oceanwater-cooled data center idea? That would have made an awesome evil lair. Stupid Google and their “don’t be evil” crap.

  10. Anonymous says:

    the picture is a bit disingenuous. it’s the inside of a tape silo and they be T10K tapes in there.

    they are just “showing off” that they have lots of money to spend on their backups….

  11. Anonymous says:

    Sorry guys, in Belgium they use the metric system and other scales that make sense, so in summer, it’s more like 18-21 degrees, and Google may maintain its data centers operating at more than 26 degrees.

  12. dan says:

    Does that mean that Google searches in Belgium will be slower on hot days? … “I hate this weather! The internet’s so slow!”

  13. Anonymous says:

    That picture is of StorageTek (now SUN) tape library. Those are all LTO tapes if I’m not mistaken.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Why not build their data center in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Scandinavia or wherever the weather is always cool all year round? Then they wouldn’t have to worry about several days a year to shut down machines and they could save even more money on cooling. Didn’t someone in Google corporate think of googling weather temperatures for various geographic regions?

  15. Philbert says:


  16. Anonymous says:

    Another corporation slapping on a ‘sustainability sticker’. We’re still doomed of course.

  17. eviladrian says:

    I’m imagining a sort of desert caravan of data in a reverse-geosynchronous orbit, circling the planet every day to stick to the night-side…

  18. nosehat says:

    This concept is really awe-inspiring (as is the accompanying photo!)

    Thanks for sharing.

  19. Anonymous says:

    RE: That photo… anyone elselooking for the “Resigned” drawer?

  20. lecti says:

    I see where this is heading: modify the atmospheric temperature using the heat from datacenter to control the weather.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Damage@7: Installing a massive AC system for seven
    days out of the year sounds like spending a fortune
    to save a few cents, you mean.

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