A Custom Cooling Method For Data Centers -- Patent Pending By Google
from the there's-a-patent-app-for-that dept
To Google's credit, Google hasn't used its patents to attack competitors with lawsuits in order for Google to maintain a competitive advantage (though if there's an example of Google suing someone over patent infringement, please let us know). More usually, in the last few years, Google has been on the receiving end of lawsuits, and it's actually been lobbying for patent reform to prevent costly patent litigation that might drag down its innovation. In fact, Google says, "bring it on!" when faced with competition.
Google welcomes competition because it stimulates innovation, makes us all work harder, and provides users with more choice.So for the data center experts out there, how obvious is selectively cooling servers? Browsing through this patent application, it seems fairly narrow in scope since it doesn't cover liquid-cooling or other cooling techniques that could be interpreted too broadly. And I'm sure some creative engineers are already working on different ways to direct cooled air to server hot spots -- and that Google isn't exactly going to snoop around other data centers to find out if anyone is infringing on its cooling methods.