Hype Cycle for Data Center Power and Cooling Technologies, 2012



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High-density equipment, rising energy costs, capacity limitations and an increased focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions demand new technologies. The proper use of the technologies described in this Hype Cycle can save millions of dollars in capital expenditures over a period of 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
      • Liquid Submersion Cooling
      • Geothermal Cooling for Data Centers
      • On-Site, Location-Dependent Power Technologies
      • Integrated UPS
      • Ultracapacitors
      • Server Power Capping
      • Indirect Air-Side Economizers
    • At the Peak
      • Direct AC to Rack
      • Modular Self-Contained Aisle and Racking Systems
      • Server Digital Power Module Management
      • Adsorption Chillers
      • In-Chassis Cooling
      • Thermal Storage
      • VM Energy Management Tools
      • Absorption (Nonelectric) Chillers
      • Combined Heat and Power for the Data Center
      • DC Distribution in the Data Center
      • Fuel Cells for the Data Center
    • Sliding Into the Trough
      • On-Site Photovoltaic Solar Power for Data Centers
      • Cooling Management Systems
      • Power Conditioning (Non-UPS)
      • CFD Analysis
      • Advanced Server Energy Monitoring Tools
      • Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools
      • Energy Efficient Ethernet (802.3az)
      • Direct Chip Cooling
    • Climbing the Slope
      • Flywheel UPS
      • In-Row Cooling
      • In-Rack 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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