How NetApp Cools Its 42kw Cabinets

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We’ve previously noted the energy efficient design of NetApp’s Global Dynamic Lab, a multi-tiered data center facility in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. vThe NetApp data center is distinctive in its focus on airflow management, with a design that completely separates hot and cold air and provides granular control over air pressure throughout the facility. This allows NetApp to run equipment at power densities up to 42 kW per cabinet. In this video, NetApp provides a walk-through of the building and some of its features. It runs about 2 minutes, 20 seconds.

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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.

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  1. Matt Levine

    video is a bit misleading, the facility isn't rated at 42kw/cab..still impressive to cool that much in a single cab though. from here: http://www.netapp.com/us/communities/tech-ontap/tot-3rd-gen-kilo-client-1002.html "For GDL, power and cooling distribution is based on 12 kW per rack on average, for a total of 720 kW per cold room. The power distribution within a rack is 42 kW. Using our proprietary pressure-control technology, we are able to cool up to 42 kW in a cabinet or have any combination of loads as long as the total cooling load in a cold room does not exceed 720 kW."