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Intel's 20-year-old FM1 data center in Folsom wanted to free up power capacity in an aging data center that is operating near its server limit and ensure there is enough power to support 300 new servers needed for an upcoming SAP re-platforming exercise. The challenge was to do it all with minimal capital investment, since the data center is scheduled to be decommissioned within the next five years. To formulate a strategy for making best use of the data center's existing infrastructure, Intel IT Global Facilities Services carried out a detailed analysis that predicted the effect of adding new servers and compared it to the data center's potential thermal limits.
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