HP opens massive cooling demo facility in India

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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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