Liquid-Cooled Data Center Announced

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GN Data Center, Inc. has announced that it will develop the first entirely liquid-cooled Internet data center, which it expects to open for business in late 2006 to early 2007. The company, apparently a start-up, said the 40,000 square foot facility will be between Chicago and Milwaukee, with the exact location “kept confidential.”

“By quadrupling equipment density (in excess 20 kW per cabinet), substantial savings are possible over data centers using conventional air-conditioning,” the company’s release states. “A perfect match for high-density blade server technology, the liquid-cooled data center allows more hardware in a smaller space.” The release also refers to battery-free continuous power (flywheels).

GN data center describes itself as a privately owned company that provides infrastructure for critical IT assets. The company’s web site contains minimal information, and the only party identified with the company thus far is George Demet, vice president of sales, who also registered the company’s domain name to an address in Lake Forest, Ill. The gndatacenter.com web site is presently hosted at NetAccess, a dedicated hosting provider in Parsippany, New Jersey.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.