Hype Cycle for Data Center Power and Cooling Technologies, 2009


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The increase in high-density IT equipment, the cost and scarcity of power, and the focus on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions are requiring new technology to meet these challenges. This Hype Cycle highlights the emerging technologies of data center power and cooling.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • What You Need to Know
    • The Hype Cycle
    • The Priority Matrix
    • On the Rise
      • Pluggable Liquid-Cooled Blades
      • On-Site Wind Turbine
      • In-Chassis Cooling
      • Tidal Power
      • Ultracapacitors
      • Chilled Beam Cooling
      • Geothermal Power
      • On-Site Photovoltaic Solar Power
      • Server Power Capping
      • Integrated UPS
      • CFD Analysis
      • Deep-Lake Cooling
      • High Tj Systems
      • Fuel Cells
      • Absorption (Non-Electric) Chillers
      • Chiller vs. DX Cooling
      • Energy Efficient Ethernet (802.3az)
      • Thermal Storage
      • VM Energy Management Tools
      • Direct AC to Rack
      • Use of the DC Power Rack in AC Data Centers
    • At the Peak
      • DC Distribution in the Data Center
      • Cooling Management Software
    • Sliding Into the Trough
      • Power Monitoring and Management Software
      • Combined Heat and Power
      • Flywheel UPS
      • In-Rack Cooling
      • Free Cooling
    • Climbing the Slope
      • In-Row Cooling
      • High-Efficiency UPS
    • Appendixes
      • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels
  • Recommended Reading
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