Energy Efficient Data Centre Cooling at Cardiff University

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In 2004, Cardiff University had money to invest in new IT equipment but did not have the space to accommodate it on their crowded campus. Moreover, the design of the existing machine rooms were out of date. This inefficient design was compounded by out-of-date and inefficient equipment, fixed speed fans, and other design flaws that increase the total running cost. As a solution, the university adopted a novel approach of increasing the density of servers instead. New technology allowed twice as many servers in less space and the total cost of ownership significantly reduced. This innovation saved both electricity and space in the data centre at the University.