Rising rack densities and liquid cooling were the focus of the most popular stories on Data Center Frontier in November, along with the impact of data gravity and strategic moves by Digital Realty and QTS.
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.
Vertiv is making it easier for customers to transition from air-cooled data centers to liquid cooling with the introduction of the Liebert XDU, a 60kW liquid-to-air cooling distribution unit. The new offering supports retrofits of existing facilities to support high-density zones.
Data center rack densities are rising, and large enterprises expect that trend to continue, according to a new report from 451 Research, which suggests a growing opportunity for specialized cooling solutions, including liquid cooling.
Veteran data center innovator Scott Noteboom has joined immersion cooling startup Submer as Chief Technology Officer. Noteboom says Submer’s technology can evolve as a platform for new machine-optimized data center designs.
Failures at nuclear energy plants offer valuable lessons for the data center industry, and could help reduce the risk of similar headline-making disasters, according to reliability expert Steve Fairfax, who spoke at the 7×24 Exchange Fall Conference.
Aligned Energy has opened the doors at its first data center in Northern Virginia. Aligned Ashburn will showcase the company’s focus on efficiency and high-density cooling.
Top data center jobs highlighted in Data Center Frontier’s September job spotlight include sales positions in both Ashburn, Va., and Miami, as well as engineering and construction management positions in Atlanta.
Cerebras Systems has emerged from stealth mode with a wafer-sized chip that completely rethinks the form factor for data center computing. The challenge: Each chip uses 15 kilowatts of power.
Vlad Friedman CTO at DataBank, explores data center cooling options, and highlights the rear door cooler system, which the company is implementing at its new ATL1 data center in Atlanta.
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.