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Hype Cycle for Data Center Power and Cooling Technologies, 2014

Published: 28 July 2014

ID: G00263280

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


The Nexus of Forces will drive greater infrastructure demand, higher-density equipment and higher operational costs requiring new and advanced power and cooling technologies. Proper deployment of relevant technologies in this Hype Cycle can save millions of dollars.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Energy Harvesting
    • Software-Defined Data Center
    • Liquid Submersion Cooling
    • On-Site, Location-Dependent Power Technologies
    • Rear-Door Heat Exchangers
    • Geothermal Cooling for Data Centers
    • Server Power Capping
  • At the Peak
    • Integrated UPS
    • DC Distribution in the Data Center
    • High-Temperature Servers
    • Medium-Voltage AC (4,160-Volt) Distribution in the Data Center
    • Ultracapacitors
    • Direct AC to Rack
    • Indirect Air-Side Economizers
    • Server Digital Power Module Management
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • Adsorption Chillers
    • Combined Heat and Power for the Data Center
    • Modular Self-Contained Aisle and Racking Systems
    • Thermal Storage Systems
    • Fuel Cells for the Data Center
    • Extreme Low-Energy Servers
    • High-Density Racks (>100 kW)
    • In-Chassis Cooling
    • Cooling Management Systems
    • VM Energy Management Tools
    • Absorption (Nonelectric) Chillers
    • Power Conditioning (Non-UPS)
    • On-Site Photovoltaic Solar Power for Data Centers
    • Advanced Server Energy Monitoring Tools
    • CFD Analysis
    • Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Environmental and Location Sensors for Data Centers
    • Flywheel UPS
    • In-Rack Cooling
    • Direct Chip Cooling
    • In-Row Cooling
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Hot-Aisle and Cold-Aisle Containment
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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