An important factor that drives cloud computing costs is the cost of constructing and maintaining data centers. This disclosure describes techniques to arrange the data center floor layout to achieve high compute power per square foot. Server racks are arranged in the form of islands of an archipelago. An island of the archipelago has at its center a hot aisle surrounded by eight compute racks, to achieve a rack:hot-aisle ratio of 8:1 (approximately four times more efficient than the 2:1 ratio of current layouts). Aisles between the islands are cold aisles. The archipelago configuration can provide higher compute power per square foot, power usage effectiveness closer to unity, reduction in capital and operating expenses, and improved employee efficiency.

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