FOCUS on CONTAINERS
HP’S ECO FUTURE
HP says it has developed a super cooling system for containerized data centers. The EcoPod, which HP has been trying to keep under wraps, is expected to launch on June 20 this year.
The company says it will bring to market a container with a cooling system that outperforms anything on the market. It won’t reveal any details, other than saying the solution is different from anything avaliable today.
The image above was shown at a recent HP briefing titled: “Accelerating Innovation 2011,
new cooling technologies, PODs, increased modularity, efficiency, capacity, and serviceability.”
On further questioning the company adopted a ‘wait-and-see’ position. Looking at the image though, DatacenterDynamics CTO Stephen Worn said he thought the set-up looked like two 20-ft containers placed back to back, with three direct-expansion (Dx) cooling units on top of each. He added that air intake vents looked oversized. “Could be oversized free-cooling air-handlers with Dx redundancy/ adaptive load management on top for extreme HPC,” Worn said, referring to high- performance computing.
EMERSON’S FOCUS ON SPEED Emerson tried hard to stay away from the word ‘container’ in the announcement of its new modular data center product. The data center infrastructure vendor called the new SmartMod box a ‘rapid-deployment enclosure’ in its literature, but could not resist using the c-word when comparing it to other vendors’ products.
Part of the newly announced Smart Solutions family of products, SmartMod can be deployed either with IT and power equipment integrated in one box or separated in two boxes for larger loads.
The company offers SmartMod in a variety of configurations for varied IT loads or infrastructure requirements. Emerson’s product portfolio gives it the ability to provide a full enclosure/power/cooling/ management solution.
Other members of the newly announced Smart Solutions family are Emerson’s SmartRow and SmartAisle products, although SmartAisle has been announced before.
SmartRow is a standalone data center infrastructure that supports up to 20kW of IT equipment in an enclosed, multi- rack configuration with integrated power,
The layout is completed by Avocent’s solutions for infrastructure management and monitoring software.
cooling, infrastructure management and fire suppression. SmartAisle is a solution for cold aisle/hot aisle containment. The configuration can reduce initial capital costs by about 10%. It can cut ongoing energy costs by up to 30%.
The Smart Solutions family integrates many of Emerson’s power, precision-cooling, monitoring and management technologies and services. The enclosure comes in configurations to support a wide range of capacity needs and accommodates the most common data center densities without sacrificing availability. Components inside come from separate Emerson divisions including Liebert APM, Knurr Miracel (racks), Liebert GXT3, Liebert MPX (rack PDU) and precision cooling units like the Liebert CRV, ASCO and Netsure.
Jeff Sturgeon, VP of solutions and marketing for Emerson’s Liebert power and cooling business in North America, said economy, efficiency, control and interoperability with existing systems were the name of the game in this announcement. “Delivering a new level of modularity, scalability and flexibility, in addition to the four attributes — efficient, economical, interoperable and controllable — these new solutions will serve as guiding principles as we expand the family of Smart Solutions. Our customers are looking for greater economy and efficiency in their data centers, interoperability with existing systems and more control over their IT environments.”
It has an 11.5-ft internal width which Emerson says sets the SmartMod enclosure apart from traditional container systems by providing sufficient access to the front and rear of the rack row for servicing without the use of rack sliders and having to open the enclosure to the outside elements. To accommodate larger IT loads, power and IT equipment can be separated into matching enclosures configured to function together. For more on this family of solutions visit www.Liebert.com
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