The Wild Server Project is a case study in 100% free-air cooling of data center volume servers. This experiment involved leaving a traditional data center server exposed to the kinds of conditions that have become the standard in laptop and portable device performance expectations. It begs the question, “Why do we invest so much in strict climate control for server environments when it may make more sense to design a server more equipped for a wide array of climate conditions?”
The below whitepaper starts to rip apart the data to expose the potential in data center energy savings that is at the true heart of the matter. Our test server was protected from only precipitation for a period of a year. The server lived through the wide range of both temperature and humidity variations that the city of Atlanta, Georgia experiences. Read about the resulting data by downloading the white paper.