Rack densities are beginning to rise, and some companies specializing in liquid cooling for the data center industry are investing in growth. Others see more potential in the fast-growing esports market.
Insights: Data Center Cooling
Cooling is one of the primary purposes of data centers. Data center cooling has been the focus of extraordinary progress, as innovations and the application of best practices have brought dramatic gains in energy efficiency. Chief among these improvements has been the use of free cooling, most notably air-side economization. Other techniques gaining traction include water-side economization, direct and indirect evaporative cooling.
At Data Center Frontier, we're also tracking innovations in liquid cooling to handle high-density workloads in high performance computing (HPC) and supercomputing. These include the use of warm water cooling, immersion cooling, phase change cooling technologies. Liquid cooling has been adopted at the row, rack and chip in different implementations.
Andrew Schaap, CEO at Aligned Energy, explores the many ways to approach data center cooling. According to Schaap, to future-proof your data center cooling, it is best to start with an adaptive data center partner.
There’s a challenge that’s come up in recent years regarding cooling technology and strategies for businesses like data centers and colocation firms. That’s understanding the differences between comfort, or residential cooling units being used in computer room applications. The new white paper from Schulz highlights the differences between precision cooling versus comfort cooling.
After significant growth, Xfernet, a Los Angeles-based colocation, needed to move its facility into a 14,000 square foot data center space with shallow raised floors, low ceilings and limited footprint for new cooling equipment. Chatsworth Products’ John Thomas highlights how the California colocation achieved higher rack densities and ramped up efficiency by using new data center cooling strategies.
Forced Physics DCT is a data center startup that has spent more than a decade harnessing molecular physics to create a low-energy cooling solution for data centers.
There is no shortage of misinformation defining the appropriate use of air conditioning equipment and specifying the delineation between comfort cooling applications and computer room applications. To make sense of it all, it helps to understand the history and the evolution of the various requirements for computer room cooling. Download the new white paper from Schulz that walks readers through the ins and outs of the changing requirements for computer room cooling, and helps them choose the best cooling options for their businesses.
High-density hosting specialist ScaleMatrix will acquire Instant Data Centers (previously Elliptical Mobile Solutions), adding a line of micro data centers for edge computing.
Liquid cooling technology specialists Submer Immersion Cooling and ZutaCore are rolling out new designs at the Open Compute Project Summit 2019, which begins today in San Jose. The OCP demos reflect growing interest in high-density cooling among hyperscale operators.
Clearly, machine learning can and has been used to achieve greater data center cooling efficiency. While most data centers are not yet equipped to do the same, the theory behind how machine learning can optimize cooling efficiency is fairly well understood. Sabey Data Centers’ John Sasser, Sr. Vice President of Data Center Operations, takes a look at how machine learning presents both challenges and opportunities for today’s data center cooling technology.
At Data Center Frontier, we see eight themes that will shape the data center business in 2019. Scale gets even more hyper, staffing challenges emerge, and market niches proliferate.