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Microsoft Data Center Genome: Wireless Sensors to Track Data Center Temperatures

The system, designed by Microsoft researchers, helps the company reduce the cost of cooling the dozens of data centers it operates. Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services division, which oversees the platform the company uses to provide its online services, is deploying a wireless sensor network intended to bring visibility into the firm’s data centers and reduce energy wasted in keeping a large room of IT equipment cooler than necessary. The system, developed by the company’s Microsoft Research division, was first tested in 2006 and is now being installed at Microsoft’s data centers worldwide.

The project, known as Data Center Genome (DC Genome), began with testing a few sensors in a Microsoft data center in 2006.

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