Power and Cooling

Swimming Storage: Helium Hard Drives Use Immersion Cooling

On Monday, HGST announced a new Helium-filled hard drive, which boosts storage capacity by reducing drag. Because they’re hermetically sealed, the drives are ideal for immersion cooling. At Cloud Expo, HGST showed off an immersion cooling implementation of its Ultrastar He6 drive. Read More

Verizon Tries Out Alternative Cooling Methods

Verizon Terremark is experimenting with a novel way to push hot and cold air around data center racks called virtual containment. Verizon’s Ben Stewart discussed the concept this week at the Data Center Efficiency Summit in Palo Alto, Calif. Read More

Research: Liquid Cooling Can Reduce Data Center Energy Use

Liquid-cooled servers at a data center at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory used less energy in certain circumstances than air-cooled servers on site, a researcher said Tuesday at the sixth annual Data Center Efficiency Summit hosted by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG). Read More

Iceland’s Renewable Power Play

For an industry consumed by the pursuit of electric power, Iceland presents almost the perfect profile. Iceland presents an interesting test of how far data centers will go for green energy, and the place of renewables in the site selection equation. Read More

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