Thursday, January 10, 2013

Keeping Cool with IBM: Why Your Datacenter Will Thank You

While keeping cool certainly isn’t a concern in Michigan right now with the winter season in full force, it is a surprisingly hot topic for IBM. And, a little closer to home, it can be a critical topic for you as well if your busy datacenter has experienced delays due to being overworked during the business-heavy holiday season.  Luckily enough for you, IBM has developed some new technologies that can keep your datacenter crisply cool no matter how hard you work them.

Developed while working on a project for the U.S Department of Energy, IBM has introduced cooling systems to their servers that exchanges heat in much the same way as a car radiator. Relying on cool water, the cooling system places the water in piping near the semiconductor microchips within the servers in order to transfer its cooler temperature and carry away the heat generated by the microchips.

Upon the completion of the U.S Department of Energy project, IBM has released these cooling techniques to their general business customers. Since an average of 25% of datacenter energy bills are currently devoted to cooling expenses alone, the introduction of this new, more efficient, and cost-effective method of cooling is already developing quite the fan base.

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