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In the telco sector, 5G rolls out built on cell towers, base stations and new street furniture will see appliances installed in non-ideal and often harsh environments. Use cases such as consumer-focused Internet of Things in retail, Smart Cities transportation projects for autonomous vehicles and Industrial IoT deployments in processing and manufacturing plants will see more and more servers deployed outside safe, environmentally controlled data centres.
These new Edge environments will not be uniform in nature but common to all will be the need to keep the IT equipment cool.
Google revealed a set of wheels supporting one of its data centre racks buckled, precipitating a chain of events that resulted in some CPUs overheating, disrupting Search, Gmail, and other services for some users.
The unusual episode was discovered after a site reliability engineer on the company’s traffic and load balancing was alerted that Google services being supported by its edge network were producing an abnormally high number of errors.
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, today liquid cooling is 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. Furthermore, energy consumption at the edge is fast becoming another key consideration, edge data centres must also be powered and cooled both as cost effectively and efficiently as possible.
Many data centre operators strive to build facilities that are energy efficient and increasingly ‘green’ as concern for the environment, combined with ever more stringent regulations, encourages users to minimise their carbon footprint.
Schneider Electric, Avnet and Iceotope have unveiled the first product of the liquid-cooling partnership the companies announced in October.
At Gartner’s IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference in Las Vegas, the trio debuted the data centre industry’s first integrated rack with immersed liquid cooling.
The partnership, announced at Schneider Electric’s Innovation Summit in Barcelona, will see Avnet provide technology integration services, Iceotope develop the chassis-level immersion cooling technology and Schneider Electric provide the data centre infrastructure.