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Hype Cycle for Data Center Power and Cooling Technologies, 2015

Published: 20 July 2015

ID: G00277271

Analyst(s): Jay E. Pultz


Power and cooling systems are primarily very large, long-term capital investments, making them appear at odds with the agility demands of digital business. Key technologies covered in this Hype Cycle bridge the bimodal IT worlds of agility and stability.

Table Of Contents


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

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