Reduce Data Center Energy Consumption

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Cooling continues to be a major challenge for data center operators. The densely-spaced, high-speed hardware that provides the computing power to enable a variety of data center operations places significant demands on data center cooling and power systems. As much as half the energy used by a data center is dedicated to powering cooling systems. This white paper shows how the Alcatel-Lucent Modular Cooling Solution can reduce data center energy consumption while offering a coefficient of performance (COP) much greater than current approaches.

Traditional air cooling approaches make it difficult for data center operators to optimize data center real estate, since they do not deliver adequate cooling unless equipment is spaced far apart. At the same time, air cooling systems add operational costs because they often require installation of expensive raised floors to be used as cool air channels. As more computing equipment is installed, more cooling units are required, which places even more strain on space and power. And additional costs are incurred when operators have to reconfigure the data center for aisle containment (either hot or cold) or in-line heat removal, dedicated cabinets, and IT hardware upgrades.

The Alcatel-Lucent Modular Cooling Solution offers large data centers operators an end-to-end system that can:

  • Decrease energy costs by virtually eliminating the need for supplemental air conditioning units
  • Maximize space utilization by cooling more servers per cabinet and more cabinets per data center
  • Eliminate the need for hot and cold aisles and isolated high power cabinets/racks
  • Minimize the need for specially conditioned rooms
  • Address eco-sustainability requirements/issues by reducing a data center’s carbon footprint, energy consumption, and noise output

Click here to download this data center cooling white paper.

About the Author

Kevin Normandeau, is a veteran of the technology publishing industry having worked at a variety of technology sites including PC World; AOL Computing; Network World; Geek.com and International Data Group (IDG). Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. When he is not in front of the computer (which is most of the time) he likes to get out to ski, hike and mountain bike.

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