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IBM works to keep servers cool as online sales heat up

11:05 PM, Dec. 27, 2012
Milnes David, an IBM engineer at the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., site, inspects the chilled innards of a radiator-equipped IBM computer.
Milnes David, an IBM engineer at the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., site, inspects the chilled innards of a radiator-equipped IBM computer.
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When you swipe your gift card, credit card or other plastic, you're doing business with a computer in a data center somewhere.

With holiday shopping, the swiping and online commerce drives those computers to run hot and heavy. You may have experienced delays lately when a merchant's system was sluggish because of computer or network overload.

At IBM Corp.'s plant here, the engineers and technicians are rigging up big IBM servers with cooling systems that work on much the same principle as the radiator in your vehicle. ...

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