Latest cooling publications
Microsoft has moved beyond liquid cooling in one of its data centres, using two-phase immersion cooling to maintain temperature on active production servers.
Husam Alissa, principal hardware engineer for Microsoft, said, “We are the first cloud provider that is running two-phase immersion cooling in a production environment.”
Overall, there are many key considerations when looking to optimise data centre performance, but ensuring resilient power, efficient cooling and gaining real-time visibility for mission-critical environments is crucial for any operator.
Japan-based NEC and NTT Communications have developed an air cooling system which they claim slashes air conditioning power consumption in data centres.
The energy-saving system is the first to use a new low-pressure refrigerant called R1224yd, developed by Japanese manufacturer AGC and originally designed for centrifugal chillers, which in addition to being more energy-efficient is more environmentally friendly than other commonly-used refrigerants.
It was once the preserve of older-style legacy mainframe computers, and until recently was considered by many as only applicable for high performance computing (HPC) requirements.
However, liquid cooling is today becoming a serious contender for mainstream applications, especially those emerging at the edge of the network. Deployed in unmanned, remote sites where high levels of reliability and low maintenance are key considerations, edge computing environments must remain as secure and resilient as their larger counterparts.
Disruptive Live’s interview with Mark Collin, Director at Excool, from this year’s Data Centre World at the London ExCeL. Excool is a fully developed and purpose designed data center cooling product, which the company claims is the most efficient indirect economiser in the world in both terms of water and energy usage.