For the first 50 years of data center history, cooling was such a basic element that it was virtually unnoticed, unless it failed. However, more recently the increased demand for hyper-scale and High Performance Computing “HPC” running on high-density hardware platforms have driven the need for more powerful and effective cooling systems. Moreover, the cost of power, as well as increased sustainability awareness has placed much more focus on cooling system energy efficiency. This in turn has motivated IT equipment and cooling systems manufacturers, as well as data center designers to research and develop alternatives to existing cooling systems. In fact, in some cases the formfactor of IT equipment has been transformed to become cooling system centric.
This white paper will examine the various developments, emerging trends, such as liquid cooling, and functional deployments of other new cooling technologies, as well as their strategic advantages.