Hype Cycle for Data Center Power and Cooling Technologies, 2010



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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 technologies. This Hype Cycle highlights the emerging area 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
      • Server Digital Power Management
      • In-Chassis Cooling
      • Chilled Beam Cooling
      • Rotary Heat Exchanger (Kyoto Wheel)
      • Ultracapacitors
      • Server Power Capping
      • Geothermal Power for the Data Center
      • Integrated UPS
      • On-Site Photovoltaic Solar Power for Data Centers
      • Deep-Lake Cooling
      • Tidal Power
      • Adsorption Chillers
      • Chiller Versus Direct Cooling
      • Absorption (Non-Electric) Chillers
      • Direct AC to Rack
      • Fuel Cells for the Data Center
      • Use of the DC Power Rack in AC Data Centers
    • At the Peak
      • VM Energy Management Tools
      • Thermal Storage
      • DC Distribution in the Data Center
      • Cooling Management Software
      • High Tj Systems
      • CFD Analysis
      • Combined Heat and Power for the Data Center
      • Energy Efficient Ethernet (802.3az)
    • Sliding Into the Trough
      • Advanced Server Energy Monitoring Tools
      • Data Center Infrastructure Management Software
      • Wind Turbines for Data Centers
      • Flywheel UPS
      • In-Rack Cooling
    • Climbing the Slope
      • Free Cooling (Economizers)
      • High-Efficiency UPS
      • In-Row Cooling
    • Appendixes
      • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels
  • Recommended Reading
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