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Intel Tells Data-Center Customers That 100 Degrees Isn’t Too Hot

Intel Corp., the world’s largest maker of computer chips, is telling its data-center customers they can turn up the heat.

Most server and storage computers sit in rooms cooled to a brisk 64 to 69 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 21 C), an effort to avoid hot spots that might cause equipment to malfunction. All that air conditioning contributes to electricity costs of $26 billion a year. The facilities use 1.5 percent of the planet’s power, and that’s set to double by 2014, Intel says.