Panel: How power and cooling innovation could drastically alter the economics of data center design

Bruce Myatt, Critical Facilities Roundtable, CLEAResult Consulting Dave Leonard, Chief Data Center Officer, ViaWest Kelly Sullivan, VP, Data Center Engineering and Operations, Cyxtera Technologies Roger Tipley, President, The Green Grid

We have historically seen power and cooling systems as monolithic structures that serve the entire data center space. However, rack and row level solutions are finding their way into the data center for specific applications, and may replace the monolithic systems altogether someday in some data center types.  For example, by moving DC power to the rack we can reduce or eliminate dependence on capital-intensive monolithic power conversion or UPS and battery back-up.  And in-row coolers, rear door heat exchangers, pod enclosures and similar cooling modules are replacing massive and inefficient chilled water air-handling systems.  Rack and row level systems are more efficient, more resilient and often more flexible than monolithic systems, but they require more sophisticated distribution infrastructure.  On the other hand, new innovations in monolithic structures such as lithium ion batteries and super-CRAC cooling units are changing the picture as well, and are offering more options to data center operators every day.  Which power and cooling solutions are best suited for wholesale and retail colocation operations, and what unique design and operating criteria must be considered in high security and regulated cloud environments?  This session compares the many new power and cooling options available in the marketplace and reveals how decisions are being made about which combination of technologies to implement in today’s Colocation and Cloud data centers.

Power + Cooling