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"This means they don’t need chillers to cool the servers but instead use purified and humidified air from outside"
Assuming that is not a spelling mistake, why does the facebook data centre need to humidify the air? I hadn't heard of extra moisture having any advantage in a data centre, instinct would suggest that the drier the air the better.
Researching a bit more those 45~50% figures are of quite a vintage. They've been expanded out significantly (20~80%) and the ESD worries in data centres are mostly dealt with using standard ESD floors and earthing straps.
ASHRAE are expanding the recommended humidity ranges again along with their widening of temperature ranges to allow more free air cooling.
use outside air when there is a low enough temp as filtered OA in the 60F to 65F or below range. This is known as "Free Cooling". Since many servers can now operate well enough with 70F air temps, that's plenty of cooling.
The days of chilled water or DX cooling to 50F discharge air is over unless it's free cooling or small systems. Or you have to de-humidify it if it gets over 60% rH. They even have good luck with "Swamp Coolers" (Evaporative cooling) in dry climates like the Middle East too. (Unlikely to happen in Blighty though)
First world is best world. The path to the singularity ain't free. It has to be be watered by damaged brains only able to tl;dr. James Lovelock, aka "the father of Global Warming" is not my prophet. Twitter and Facebook not hunger and dogfood, m'kay?
I have a problem with the title. out of the 5, only 1 I think I agree with, and that is google. ( although I could probably manage with bing. Although I do use facebook, I sure I can live without it, many of my geek friends manage to survive. I don't use icloud or twitter (although they do have the benefit of keeping the people who do used them away from me.) Which leaves amazon, which is useful, but I could by products elsewhere using google.
But ironically enough that last QTS data center I can't live without since my own company's equipment is co-located there, it's a nice place, probably a half mile walk from the parking lot to our little corner of it (128 square feet - driving over $220M/year in revenue). Right next to a prison of all things. Can't wait to go back, I love Twin Peaks in Buckhead.
Why is it odd? Amazon is split up into business units, and I daresay the unit running AWS isn't in competition with Netflix. Also, as noted above, Netflix will have Service level agreements with Amazon that will protect the service, and both the EU and the US are likely to slap Amazon should they use any insider access to damage the Netflix service in any way. In much the same way as the UK Government or EU would probably intervene if Virgin Media blocked access to Sky's online services.
Another thing to consider: Netflix will be paying a lot of money to use Amazon's service. This means that regardless of who offers the most popular On demand service out of Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video, Amazon will profit..