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Uncool Data Centers Need To Chill Out

The market for data center cooling systems is heating up, with products from American Power Conversion, Emerson Network Power's Liebert subsidiary, Fluent, and Hewlett-Packard offering new ways to chill.

Liebert and Egenera last month jointly introduced CoolFrame, a system that integrates Egenera's BladeFrame EX blades with Liebert's XD cooling technology. CoolFrame lets data center managers deploy high-density blade servers while adding almost no heat to their facilities, says Steve Madara, general manager of Emerson's environmental business unit.

CoolFrame can reduce as much as 20,000 watts of heat dissipation to 1,500 watts without impacting server performance and lower data center cooling costs by a quarter in the process. The system places the Liebert XD waterless cooling module on the back of the Egenera blade-server chassis.

Cost Control

HP's Modular Cooling System, introduced this month, uses chilled water to triple the cooling capacity of a single rack. In addition, HP added the 10000 G2 Series Rack, which it says provides efficiencies across its server and storage lines, and a power-distribution unit management module. The cooling system attaches to the side of the 10000 G2, using chilled water to distribute cool air across the front of the rack.

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