The Microsoft datacenter located in Quincy, WA is an environmentally sustainable facility that runs entirely on hydroelectricity. But the power source is only one factor that makes this facility "green". Dave Ohara recently went on a tour of the Quincy datacenter, discussed some of the key design points, and left with some guidance on designing a datacenter that you can apply to your environmental efforts: Modular and Efficient Phased Building Find the Sweet Spot Organize for Collaboration Monitor and Report Efficient Commissioning Prepare for High Loads Reduce Water Use
A new installment of our online-only "Sustainable Computing" column is now available. Check it out for a closer look at the 8 points Dave Ohara learned from the folks at the Quincy datacenter.