Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Data Center Power and Cooling Technologies, 2016

Published: 12 July 2016

ID: G00307791

Analyst(s): Jay E. Pultz, Ron Blair , Henrique Cecci


The digital transformation is driving demand for more and better IT infrastructure and increased computational capabilities, and the higher risk levels require new and advanced power and cooling technologies. The technologies in this Hype Cycle are foundational to IT transformation and optimization.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Data Center Modeling and Simulation Tools
    • Advanced Battery Technologies
    • Edge Computing
    • Advanced Metrics
  • At the Peak
    • Micro Data Centers
    • High-Temperature Servers
    • Liquid Cooling Technologies
    • Advanced Power Distribution Technologies for Data Centers
    • Software-Defined Data Center
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • High-Density Racks (>100 kW)
    • Thermal Storage Systems
    • Fuel Cells for the Data Center
    • Absorption Chillers
    • Air Economizers
    • Modular Self-Contained Aisle and Racking Systems
    • On-Site Photovoltaic Solar Power for Data Centers
    • Microturbines
  • Climbing the Slope
    • Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools
    • CFD Analysis
    • Environmental and Location Sensors for Data Centers
    • UPS Technologies
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Hot-Aisle and Cold-Aisle Containment
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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