Energy Efficient Google Data Centers

Google has put up a new website about efficient data centers that provide more information about Google’s 5-step approach to efficiency. Google says that “Google-designed data centers are the most efficient in the world.” — To prove this statement, Google reports that: “hundreds of millions of users access our services through the web, and this traffic requires […]

Google has put up a new website about efficient data centers that provide more information about Google’s 5-step approach to efficiency. Google says that “Google-designed data centers are the most efficient in the world.” — To prove this statement, Google reports that:

“hundreds of millions of users access our services through the web, and this traffic requires lots of computers. We strive to offer great Internet services while taking our energy use very seriously. That's why, we started work to optimize the energy efficiency of our servers and later set out to build the most environmentally sustainable data centers possible.

The graph shows: our data centers use considerably less energy for the servers themselves, and much less energy for cooling, than a typical data center. We achieved this milestone by significantly reducing the amount of energy needed for the data center facility overhead. Specifically, Google-designed data centers use nearly five times less energy than conventional facilities to feed and cool the computers inside. Our engineers worked hard to optimize every element in the data center, from the chip to the cooling tower.