White Paper Abstract

Will Liquid Cooled Solutions Save Energy?

Vali Sorell, Principal

Recent technology advancements by IT equipment manufacturers have resulted in high heat-producing hardware that pushes the envelope of traditional air cooling methodologies. In response, various infrastructure vendors have introduced “liquid-cooled” cabinet solutions that can accommodate as much as 30 kW per cabinet or more. Here, we examine the energy efficiencies of the various cooling solutions available today and some possible cooling solutions that may be introduced in the near future.

We reduced the myriad of cooling solutions available today to five distinct scenarios, and then added three additional scenarios that may become available. These scenarios are analyzed individually to quantify what energy efficiencies (or inefficiencies) are inherent for each.

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