Pruess comments on weather patterns' impact on data centers

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ITS Enterprise Infrastructure Director Rex Pruess was quoted in an Oct. 24 Des Moines Register article about how weather conditions affect data centers.

As data centers in Iowa grow in size and scale, Pruess says technicians charged with keeping the facilities online must understand weather patterns. Cold, dry conditions can create static electricity and harm electronics in the winter. And when summer hits, the state’s humidity can wreak havoc on computer equipment.

“Computing equipment today generates an enormous amount of heat, and in Iowa, where we have our extreme temperatures, that can be a real challenge compared to some other parts of the world,” Pruess said.

The quote was featured in a recent edition of fyi:

The University of Iowa is wrapping up construction on its new data center. Open houses for the campus IT community will be held in December. Stay tuned for details.