HP opens massive cooling demo facility in India


HP opens massive cooling demo facility in India

Antony Savvas

HP has announced the largest ever deployment of its Dynamic Smart Cooling technology in a next-generation research datacentre located in Bangalore.

HP Labs wants to demonstrate the scaling of its cooling technology in a "real-world", heterogeneous datacentre environment.

The centre can already demonstrate a 20% reduction in cooling power consumption, and once fully optimised the centre is expected to save 7,500 megawatt-hours annually - equal to the power consumption of more than 750 homes - and reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by about 7,500 tonnes annually, said HP.

The project involved consolidating 14 lab data centres located in Bangalore into a high-density, 70,000 square-foot datacentre, one of the largest in India.

The datacentre is composed of a mix of older legacy equipment and newer server racks and blades, which is common for IT environments deployed in production today.

Real-time datacentre air-temperature measurements are obtained from a network of 7,500 sensors deployed on the IT racks - the most ever deployed in a single datacentre, said HP.

A management system linked to the sensors responds to facility failures, anomalies and brown outs.

When fully optimised, HP said the datacentre is expected to yield up to a 40% reduction in energy consumption compared with today's typical datacentre cooling methods.

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