The Importance Of Cooling And The Cloud

Jul 29 2014

The business world continues to change – and technology continues to help pave the way. The current business model is heavily dependent on the capabilities of IT and this trend shows no evidence of slowing down. One of the biggest impacts on the modern IT organization has been the cloud. Cloud computing has helped create a massively interconnected network allowing users and business to share rich content and applications. Here’s the key factor to consider – the cloud is continuing to grow.
The latest Cisco Global Cloud Index report shows just how quickly cloud computing is impacting the data center platform:

  • Annual global data center IP traffic will reach 7.7 zettabytes by the end of 2017. By 2017, global data center IP traffic will reach 644 exabytes per month (up from 214 exabytes per month in 2012).
  • Global data center IP traffic will nearly triple over the next 5 years. Overall, data center IP traffic will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25 percent from 2012 to 2017.
  • Annual global cloud IP traffic will reach 5.3 zettabytes by the end of 2017. By 2017, global cloud IP traffic will reach 443 exabytes per month (up from 98 exabytes per month in 2012).
  • Global cloud IP traffic will increase nearly 4.5-fold over the next 5 years. Overall, cloud IP traffic will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35 percent from 2012 to 2017.
  • Global cloud IP traffic will account for more than two-thirds of total data center traffic by 2017.

So is data center efficiency important for the cloud? Absolutely. With that in mind, here are three great ways to keep your cloud a little cooler and more efficient.

  • Custom cloud climate control. Every data center is unique. This goes especially true for custom cloud environments. Let’s face it – you have some very specific applications for your environment. You have requirements, user controls, and a cloud platform that’s ever expanding. In these cases, when building or expanding a data center – many look to custom climate control solutions for their cloud environment. These types of options provide climate solutions for almost any environment; data centers, server rooms, test/development labs, branch data centers and even cloud disaster recovery-ready data center locations. The great thing about custom climate controls is that you’re able to find options around precision air control, DX and chilled-water air handlers, data center cooling, process cooling, and humidification. Depending on your data center environment, working with a custom cloud climate solution can really help you with a wide range of cloud requirements.
  • Managing cloud data center airflow. Cloud computing has re-engineered how data flows and is transmitted. Maybe it’s time you work with a cloud airflow solution which has re-engineered data center airflow. Custom air handlers that provide a suitable climate solution include Central Station Units (CSU), Mini Cabinet Fans (MCF), Make-up Air Units (LMU), and Heat Recovery Units (HRU). Since your cloud is unique, it follows that the most effective types of cloud airflow solutions could be custom in concept and built to deliver the performance you need for your unique application. Because they are designed to your cloud specifications, these solutions can typically provide a low total cost of ownership – providing cloud data center designers optimized flexibility and operating cost savings.
  • Using water source heat pumps to cool your cloud data center. Water source heat pump systems are among the most efficient, economical and environmentally responsible methods to heat and cool buildings.  Each heat pump independently satisfies the heating or cooling requirements for the conditioned space, regardless of the requirements of any other space. This offers individual control in each conditioned space. All of the water source heat pumps in the building are connected to a common water distribution loop. Standard systems use a cooling tower to remove heat from the water loop. Geothermal systems take advantage of the earth’s relatively constant temperature and use the ground, surface water or well water to absorb and eject heat from the water loop. Here’s the great part – these units can be customized and can scale, especially for multi-story data centers! Recent innovations around water source heat pump technology include efficiency features such as digital compressors, VFDs, ECM motors, and FANWALL TECHNOLOGY®; with capacities ranging from 2 to 70 tons.

Cloud computing will continue to impact the modern business. Organizations are continuously adapting to an ever-evolving IT model. Through it all, the data center remains the home to all of these new technologies, platforms and applications. Cloud computing has allowed organizations to truly distribute their footprint and expand their market. Still, it’s critical to keep your data center and cloud running efficiently. With that in mind, always look for new and efficient ways to keep your cloud running a bit cooler.

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