Hype Cycle for Data Center Power and Cooling Technologies, 2011



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Newer high-density IT equipment, cost of power and focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions are requiring new technologies. The proper use of technologies highlighted in this rapidly developing Hype Cycle can result in deferring millions of dollars of capital spending over multiple years.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • What You Need to Know
    • The Hype Cycle
      • Energy Efficiency
      • Alternative Energy Technology
      • Cooling Efficiency
      • Monitoring and Control
      • Environmental Performance
    • The Priority Matrix
    • Off The Hype Cycle
    • On the Rise
      • Geothermal Cooling for Data Centers
      • Geothermal Power for the Data Center
      • Server Power Capping
      • Ultracapacitors
      • Integrated UPS
      • Rotary Heat Exchanger (Kyoto Wheel)
    • At the Peak
      • Adsorption Chillers
      • Direct AC to Rack
      • Modular Self-Contained Aisle and Racking Systems
      • Absorption (Non-Electric) Chillers
      • Lithium Battery Backup
      • Thermal Storage
      • In-Chassis Cooling
      • Server Digital Power Module Management
      • DC Distribution in the Data Center
      • Fuel Cells for the Data Center
      • VM Energy Management Tools
      • Combined Heat and Power for the Data Center
      • High Tj Systems
      • On-Site Photovoltaic Solar Power for Data Centers
    • Sliding Into the Trough
      • Cooling Management Software
      • CFD Analysis
      • Advanced Server Energy Monitoring Tools
      • Data Center Infrastructure Management Software
      • Energy Efficient Ethernet (802.3az)
      • Wind Turbines for Data Centers
      • Direct Chip Cooling
    • Climbing the Slope
      • Flywheel UPS
      • In-Rack Cooling
      • In-Row Cooling
      • Free Cooling (Economizers)
    • Entering the Plateau
      • Advanced Raised Floors
      • High-Efficiency UPS
      • Hot-Aisle and Cold-Aisle Containment
    • Appendixes
      • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels
  • Recommended Reading
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