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Hyperscale Data Centers Looking to Cool Off


September 16, 2015

Being able to collect and process incredibly large amounts of data can pay huge dividends for corporations. By analyzing their interactions with customers, for example, companies can use predictive analysis to better tailor their service for the future needs of their customers, resulting in more efficient and cost effective practices and more satisfied customers.

Churning through all of this data does come with costs, however, and one of these costs is a quite literal one: heat. The amount of processing power that is used by data analysis creates a tremendous amount of heat, so much so that, if left unchecked, it can actually melt down data processing systems.

With this in mind, corporations are searching for new technologies to solve their cooling problem. A market study from BSRIA predicts that over the next decade, companies with hyperscale data centers will be moving away from the previous model of central room air conditioning (CRAC), which simply aims to keep the entire room cool, to a more precision set up that cools only the areas that need it, through the use of free cooling, liquid cooling, and chilled water cooling.

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Moving to this precision system will yield several tangible benefits. First of all, using a precision cooling method is much more cost effective. Instead of using a blanket system that is constantly working to keep an entire open room below a certain temperature, these newer systems can focus the energy spent on cooling only the areas that need it: the data processing units themselves. This allows hyperscale data centers to be a little warmer in the room and cool only around the units.

This reduction in energy also has a positive environmental impact. Products released by air conditioning represent one of the largest human contributions to global warming, and cutting down on unnecessary use of it worldwide will help reduce data centers’ carbon footprint.

As technology for data processing goes, so too must technology for maintaining and cooling it. The potential for worldwide growth of these precision cooling system represents a step in the right direction. 




Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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