Hewlett-Packard plans to start selling water cooling systems next week to address power and heat problems caused by ever-more-powerful servers in datacentres.
The Modular Cooling System attaches to the side of an HP rack of servers and provides a sealed chamber of cooled air separated from the rest of the datacentre.
The system allows a rack to consume as much as 30 kilowatts of power, which is about three times more than what would be possible without the system, said HP, without posing problems to the datacentre’s cooling systems.
The Modular Cooling System requires a connection to an external chilled-water system to work.
Processors are consuming ever more electricity and being packed more closely together, meaning power and air conditioning costs have been rocketing, particularly in large server farms.
What makes HP’s cooling system novel is the way the cool air is re-circulated within the rack area.
The new HP system will initially work only with HP’s new line of 10000 G2 server racks.