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Hype Cycle for Data Center Power and Cooling Technologies, 2013

Published: 31 July 2013

ID: G00251961

Analyst(s): Mike Chuba, Jay E. Pultz


New and advanced power and cooling technologies are needed to address needs arising from higher density equipment, rising energy costs, capacity limitations and GHG emission regulations and guidelines. Proper deployment of relevant technologies in this Hype Cycle can save millions of dollars.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • Technology in a Data Center Environment
  • 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
    • Energy Harvesting
    • Medium-Voltage AC (4,160-Volt) Distribution in the Data Center
    • Workload Time and Location Shifting
    • Liquid Submersion Cooling
    • On-Site, Location-Dependent Power Technologies
    • Geothermal Cooling for Data Centers
    • Integrated UPS
    • Server Power Capping
  • At the Peak
    • High Temperature Servers
    • Ultracapacitors
    • DC Distribution in the Data Center
    • Extreme Low-Energy Servers
    • Indirect Air-Side Economizers
    • Direct AC to Rack
    • Server Digital Power Module Management
    • Modular Self-Contained Aisle and Racking Systems
    • Thermal Storage
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Adsorption Chillers
    • Combined Heat and Power for the Data Center
    • Fuel Cells for the Data Center
    • High-Density Racks (>100 kW)
    • In-Chassis Cooling
    • Absorption (Nonelectric) Chillers
    • Cooling Management Systems
    • VM Energy Management Tools
    • On-Site Photovoltaic Solar Power for Data Centers
    • Power Conditioning (Non-UPS)
    • Advanced Server Energy Monitoring Tools
    • CFD Analysis
    • Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools
    • Energy Efficient Ethernet (802.3az)
    • Environmental and Location Sensors for Data Centers
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Direct Chip Cooling
    • 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

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