Data Center Cooling Trends on Upswing
Data centers rely on many moving parts to make up a whole cohesive unit. Many factors go into the planning, construction and maintenance of a data center. Cooling just happens to be at the top of most lists out there, as both an initial and upkeep cost. As data centers grow within the space they have, cooling has to adapt to the changes. Innovation is a constant in the world of cooling, from air conditioners to fully liquid systems like Colovore. Trends show that the industry of data center cooling has grown almost exponentially over the last several years, in just the North American sector, the market took in an estimated $1.12 billion in revenues in 2012, with that number estimated to nearly double by 2018 to $2.04 billion. It’s no wonder either, with data centers and ‘big data’ becoming a force in the IT world, more and more people are relying on centralized data and cloud storage solutions to manage their companies.
So why all the focus, why all the money and time spent on cooling. Well if your data center isn’t cooled properly, efficiently and within cost, things won’t go well for long. Drive failure can be blamed on overheating more times than not. On the edge of technology, cooling systems range from environment conditioning systems to heat energy conversion systems that are both self sustaining and environmentally friendly as they recycle waste. There are even cooling solutions that involve fully submerging the heated parts in a bath of specific oils. Whatever the cooling method, there’s no denying the fact that older data centers are also having to look at renovation or upgrading current systems which risks down time, but offers the ability to save up to 70% on cooling costs. Of course critical IT infrastructure needs more than just out of the box solutions, each data center has to tackle the problem head on in an entirely bespoke manner. A liquid cooling solution in one data center will be the wrong solution for another.
Take a look at some more of the innovations and ideas coming from the Data Center Cooling Industry here:http://wiredre.com/data-center-cooling-market-trends-q1-2014/ and here:http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2010/10/13/choosing-a-data-center-cooling-system/
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