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Crédit Agricole selects Asperitas for immersion liquid cooling

Written by Wed 11 Nov 2020

French bank to rollout Asperitas liquid cooling technology following two-year trial

Dutch liquid cooling company Asperitas has struck a deal with Crédit Agricole to supply immersion liquid cooling technology across its data centre portolio.

In a 2018 pilot Asperitas liquid cooling was installed at the Crédit Agricole Greenfield data centre, the bank’s largest, where it managed more than 40 percent of the bank’s workloads.

The module was exposed to numerous weather fluctuations and achieved PUE improvement from 1.4 to 1.03 in the winter and 1.04 during a heat wave, Asperitas said.

As the project passed Tier 4 data centre and enterprise standards Crédit Agricole has approved the solution for rollout across its entire data centre fleet.

“I am delighted that Crédit Agricole, a leading global enterprise with high requirements for their infrastructure, has chosen Asperitas to support their datacentre scale-up,” said Rolf Brink, Asperitas CEO.

“The flexibility and simplicity of the AIC24 modules make it a highly scalable solution, without having to change the environmental infrastructure, so this outcome enables Crédit Agricole’s next step in development to be quite straight-forward. Having multiple AIC24 modules in the France site will make a huge impact on their datacentre performance, efficiency and sustainability, proving them to be a true ambassador of immersion cooling.”

The Asperitas Immersed Computing solution leverages natural convection-driven fluid circulation, enabling immersion cooling to be both “climate independent” (free cooling up to 48 degrees Celsius) and fully heat reuse ready (more than 98% energy transformed into hot water). The solution uses immersion liquid fluid provided by Shell.

“The immersion cooling solution provided by Asperitas allows us to increase the density of our datacentre without major work,” said Jean Buet, Senior Officer, Head of Datacentres, Crédit Agricole.

“We can thus offer our customers a high thermal density solution that meets both their growing demand and the new technological challenges that appear with the new generation of IT equipment. After two years of observation in production, we decided to deploy this solution.”

Installation is expected to be completed before 2020’s end and Asperitas is working alongside Dell Technologies to provide integrated compute solutions.

Written by Wed 11 Nov 2020


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