I've always wondered why it had to be sooo much cooler in there... What's the difference between keeping it at 68 degrees compared to 80? As long as things don't over-heat? I guess the colder it is, the more time you have when things start to fail?
The Risks and Rewards of Warmer Data Centers: "1sockchuck writes 'The risks and rewards of raising the temperature in the data center were debated last week in several new studies based on real-world testing in Silicon Valley facilities. The verdict: companies can indeed save big money on power costs by running warmer. Cisco Systems expects to save $2 million a year by raising the temperature in its San Jose research labs. But nudge the thermostat too high, and the energy savings can evaporate in a flurry of server fan activity. The new studies added some practical guidance on a trend that has become a hot topic as companies focus on rising power bills in the data center.