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Datacenter cooling to consume more power and space

ST Team
Thursday, June 3, 2010
ST Team
We all know that, excess of everything is bad and the same applies to technology too. There would be an increase in the sale of servers over the next two years and this will lead to the increase in datacenter cooling and power requirements. The server sales are expected to rise in two years, according to Gartner. It is predicted that there will be further increase of datacenter power, space problems, and cooling.

According to Gartner, immediate actions can be taken by the customers without any type of delay. In removal of some of these related issues, the virtualization and consolidation projects will be aided, says Rakesh Kumar, Vice President of Gartner Research.

The worldwide server market has come down to 16.8 percent and 16.5 percent in volume and revenue respectively compared to that of 2009. However, trade analysts say that the figure will rise, which will result in the need of more coolers.

Kumar explained that while servers consume only about 15 percent of the direct energy in data centers, there is a cascade effect. The more servers that exist the more heat is generated and, therefore, the more cooling equipment is needed. Hence, if the data center power, cooling, and space problems were causing such headaches in a very depressed IT market, they will become significantly worse in an expanding market.

Users should not underestimate the issues as they need to get accurate capacity-related data to quantify the impact of infrastructure expansion on the amount of data center power, cooling, and available space. Users need to start implementing energy monitoring tools to manage and predict capacity requirements and to control operational costs. There is a need to accelerate consolidation and virtualization projects and it may be beneficial to delay the acquisition and use the capacity that is freed up from consolidation and virtualization projects.
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