Talking about a revolution
Evolution, usually, takes some time. Revolution is faster. Sometimes, it might happen overnight. And then everyone points out that it was clearly coming.
Society is now experiencing a real revolution. The Covid-19 crisis propelled us toward a future where datacenters will play (in fact already are) a central role in every aspect: social, educational, economic, health, environmental, etc.
Datacenters are real and so are data
Datacenters are essential to support the economic, digital and social growth of contemporary society, to crunch and store the huge amount of data required by AI, ML, Big Data, etc. This means a necessity for greater computational capacity and, consequently, more efficient ways to cool those IT loads. And this determines an obvious greater consumption of electricity and water and more emissions of CO2 (as explained in Submer’s webinar about AI). So yes, data are much more real than we would like to admit.
As an industry, we must find alternative solutions to promote sustainable innovation (renewable energies, open source solutions, circular economy, efficient software, etc.) and educate the society about the environmental implications of any digital activity.
Datacenters that Make Sense
But more than that, we must plan the revolution, as we are doing at Submer. We need smarter datacenters that can operate better and in a more sustainable way: what at Submer, we like to call datacenters that make sense.
Today’s datacenters are far from being smart. To give you a picture:
- From 2010 to 2018, datacenters registered a general energy consumption rise of about 6%. And in 2018, the industry accounted for 1% of all electricity consumption worldwide.
- A conventional datacenter can consume up to 464,242,900.6992 litres of potable water in a year (a reason why the WUE has become a fundamental index to determine the efficiency and the sustainability of datacenters).
- “The Paris Agreement sets out a global framework to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C.” Datacenters emit roughly as much CO2 as the airline industry, with an estimated rise from 307 million tons in 2007 to 358 million tons in 2020).
Ask yourselves: are we a smart industry?
Pushing the green envelope
With Submer’s LIC solutions, datacenters can start already now preparing themselves for the next generation of datacenters that make sense: eco-friendly, lights-out, “post-human”.
Our SmartPodX Immersion Cooling technology allows HPC, hyperscaler and, datacenters to improve their performance by significantly lowering cooling and space costs while limiting the waste of water and carbon emissions.
The design of the SmartPodX, the first commercially available Immersion Cooling system conforming to both standard server formats and OCP specifications, and the properties of our SmartCoolant, allow to reach unprecedented IT density in a much more efficient and greener way.
The SmartPodXL+ delivering >100 kW
“The SmartPodX cleantech helps our customers face the challenges of skyrocketing computational density with an environmentally friendly approach. Our goal is to make sustainable innovation a reality”, says Daniel Pope, co-founder and CEO of Submer.
“Datacenters can consume up to millions of litres of water per day. In a 10MW datacenter scenario, for example, our technology can help save up to 385,402,900 litres of water per year”, adds Pol Valls, co-founder and CIO of Submer.
“We are developing a model of socially and environmentally responsible datacenter. Our installation at BitNAP datacenter, is an example of sustainable LIC cluster relying on renewable energies as a secondary cooling system”, comments Adrian Whelan, VP of Partners and Business Development of Submer.
 In a 10MW air-cooled datacenter scenario.