In the middle of the summer on a weekend when a heat dome has parked itself over a significant portion of the country, most of have only one vision when we think of cooling: staying hydrated. What is easy to forget, however, is that there is an entire industry that is concerned with the liquid cooling of data centers around the world. And while staying hydrated is important to us mere humans, it is equally important that data center servers are kept cool as well. These servers provide storage for all of the data that runs our lives. From the card swipes that we make to purchase a new summer swimsuit to the medical information that is needed if a member of our family is taken to the hospital for heat stroke, the data center industry is an infrastructure that we all depend upon.
Mobile data center containers often have unique cooling requirements as they can be in open parking lot spaces with little protection from the sun. Permanent data centers have some advantages in that they have a more reliable power source and a local staff with connections. And while none of us want to think that our lives are dependent on technology, the fact of the matter is that there are many times when our daily tasks rely on the technology behind the nation’s economy.
Liquid Cooling Is an Energy Efficient Way to Maintain Data Storage Centers
The latest research indicates that global data center energy consumption continues to increase as data centers are forced to run round the clock and currently consume nearly 3% of all the globally generated power. Fortunately, when compared to air based cooling, liquid immersion cooling requires 25% lower implementation costs. Consider some of these facts and figures about the data center industry and impact that it has on the lives that we have all become accustomed to:
- Data centers using liquid immersion cooling are modular, compact, green, and highly efficient. They can save as much as 99% electricity compared to traditional cooling of data centers.
- 65% of industrial technology equipment failures are directly attributed to poorly maintained, inadequate, or failed air server room air conditioning.
- Immersing servers in liquid has shown to improve cooling capacity, rack density, data center design, as well as location options.
- By reducing server energy a full 10% to 20%, immersion based data center cooling solutions add to a company’s bottom line profitability.
- According to the latest green computing norms, data centers more than seven years old are considered out of date.
- By the year 2023, the global data center liquid cooling market is expected to reach $4.55 billion.
Liquid cooling is an option that is nearly reinventing the data storage industry. As more and more companies work toward making an environmentally friendly impact, it is important to know that