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The Power Supplement

Keeping data centers going

The chips inside our servers all natively use DC power. Inside the box, a rectifier turns AC into the direct current which the silicon wants. The majority of racks in the world still have AC power strips or “power distribution units,” but there’s a head of steam for DC distribution.

Environmentally-conscious data centers are re-examining efficiency, and a lot of new power sources such as fuel cells inherently provide DC power despite DC being seen by many as unsafe.

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Data Centre Dynamics