Do You Know Your Data Center Cooling Profile?

The modern data center can be as complex as it is unique. New levels of convergence and high-density computing have created new types of cooling and management profiles for the next-generation data center platform.

Here’s the reality – your data center model will only continue to change and evolve. Through it all, managing data center environmental variables becomes critical for the health and longevity of your data center infrastructure.

In this whitepaper from HP and Intel, we learn that a recent data center cooling survey found that the majority of respondents used traditional, well-established cooling technologies with a long track record. Smaller numbers had ventured into newer technologies such as free air cooling and water-based cooling systems designed to remove air from the entire data center.

The key takeaways included the following:

  • Only 1 in 5 people have tried liquid cooling in production, and only 6 percent are experimenting with it.
  • There are significant benefits to using it, especially newer technologies such as immersion.
  • Significant numbers of people are interested in it, but many still think that it involves a major upheaval.
  • Many people don’t know what would prompt them to consider it, but they are interested in it, suggesting a large and untapped market for a technology with lots of potential.

With all of this in mind, it’s no wonder that cooling is so important to the people responsible for keeping the nation’s data centers running. Eighty-five percent of respondents answering the question agreed or strongly agreed that reduc­ing cooling costs is one of their highest priorities, and the same proportion are always on the lookout for new opportunities to reduce cooling overhead.

There are two main ways to deal with the cooling issue. You can adjust your existing data center infrastructure to mitigate the heat problem, or you can improve the efficiency of your cooling systems. Ideally, you’ll do the former before attempting the latter to ease the strain on your cooling systems. Download this whitepaper today to learn more.

New cooling technologies, particularly in areas such as liquid cooling, are evolving rapidly; but many people still don’t have much experience. The survey goes on to show that a significant proportion of peo­ple will consider these technologies only at points when they are undergoing major upheavals in oth­er areas, such as infrastructural changes, or new fa­cilities builds.

The most important aspect to remember is the constant change being experienced by your organization and the end-user community. With more cloud, IT consumerization, and a lot more data – the data center will be a critical component for any business. DCIM and other proactive ways to monitor and control your environment will be critical in helping you out-compute the competition.

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About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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