Cooling the SuperNAP: A Look at WDMD

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The cooling for the huge SuperNAP data center in Las Vegas is provided by unique custom cooling units designed by the facility’s operator, Switch Communications. Known as WDMD (short for Wattage Density Modular Design), these are located outside the building, a different approach than the computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units. In this video, Switch CEO Rob Roy provides a closer look at the WDMD, which has four coils to provide difference cooling options in different weather conditions, and explains how they will be used at the SuperNAP. This video runs about four minutes.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief 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.