HP Releases Homegrown Data Center Technology

Oct. 25, 2007
New deployment of sensors, cooling technology result in ever-increasing accuracy in measurement of ever-increasing efficiency gains

HP recently announced the largest deployment to date of its Dynamic Smart Cooling technology in a next-generation research data center located in Bangalore, India.

According to company sources, HP Labs, the company's central research organization, wanted to demonstrate the scaling of its cooling technology in a real-world, heterogeneous data center environment. The result is one of the most sensor-rich data centers in the world, yielding a 20% reduction in cooling power consumption upon startup.

Once fully optimized, company sources estimate the Dynamic Smart Cooling-based data center will save 7,500 megawatt-hours (MWh) annually -- equal to the power consumption of more than 750 U.S. homes -- and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 7,500 tons annually.

The project involved consolidating 14 lab data centers in Bangalore into a high-density, 70,000-square-foot data center, one of the largest in India. The data center is composed of a mix of older legacy equipment and newer server racks and blades, which is common for IT environments deployed in production today.

Real-time data center air-temperature measurements are obtained from a network of 7,500 sensors deployed on the IT racks -- the most ever deployed in a single data center. An agile mechanism responds to facility failures, anomalies and brown outs.

When fully optimized, the data center is expected to yield up to a 40% reduction in energy consumption over todays typical data center cooling methods.

Dynamic Smart Cooling consists of advanced software residing in an intelligent control node that continuously adjusts air conditioning settings in a data center, based on real-time air-temperature measurements from a network of sensors deployed on IT racks. The technology actively manages the environment to deliver cooling where it is needed most, enabling essential cost savings and improved utilization to customers.

Dynamic Smart Cooling was released for general customer availability earlier this month.

More information is available at www.hp.com/go/powerandcooling.

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