For Greener Data Centers, Give Servers an Oil Bath

Dunking servers in a bath of oil sounds like the fastest way to break some very expensive hardware, but not for startup Green Revolution Cooling, which builds energy efficient liquid-cooled servers. Its first customer, collocation firm Midas Networks, will implement the technology later this year.

5 Green Data Center Startups You Need to Know

This week we’ll be kicking off the GigaOM Network’s third annual event focused on cloud computing and Internet infrastructure, Structure 2010 in San Francisco, and in honor of the big event we’ve decided to round up our 5 favorite green data center startups out there.

Coffee Break: Q&A on the ThinkPad X100e

I’ve been working in a local coffee shop for an hour using the ThinkPad X100e laptop. I’m getting a lot of questions about the X100e, and it makes sense to do a brief Q&A session to shed further light on this small ThinkPad.

Will IT Managers Warm to Liquid-Cooled Servers?

A recent effort from startups is under way to move liquid cooling from the computer enthusiast realm into the commercial data center industry. What’s the lure? Big energy savings. But is that enough to get IT managers to roll up their sleeves and get their hands wet?

A couple of weeks ago, Sheffield, UK-based Iceotope showed off a liquid-cooled server system at the Supercomputing 2009 show. Iceotope says its technology can cut data center cooling costs by a whopping 93 percent by dropping servers into an electronics-friendly liquid. And, as it turns out, it’s not the only liquid cooling startup in town.
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Are Liquid-Cooled Servers Coming to a Data Center Near You?

In recent weeks, a server cooling concept that greatly reduces data center power consumption has been causing a bit of a stir. During the Supercomputing 2009 conference, two startups, Iceotope and Green Revolution Cooling, promised to drastically reduce the energy it takes to keep computing hardware cool by doing something a little unconventional. Their solution: dunking server hardware in liquid. he one thing these liquid-cooled systems have going for them is huge savings, plain and simple. But will it catch on?

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Will liquid-cooled servers become a fixture in data centers? A couple of startups think so. I already profiled Iceotope over at Earth2Tech, but another company called Green Revolution Cooling has emerged with plans to bring to market a mineral oil-based system in the spring of 2010 that the company claims will reduce data center power consumption by 45 percent. Although price is an unknown, this video reveals that the upfront costs for GRC’s system is the same or slightly lower compared to traditional cooling.

Iceotope Storms Out of Stealth With Super Efficient Cooling for Servers

Electronics and liquids don’t mix, unless you’re Iceotope. At this week’s Supercomputing 2009 conference in Portland, Ore., the 3-year-old startup from Sheffield, UK is demonstrating a liquid-cooled server setup that has the potential to cut data center cooling costs by up to 93 percent. The firm just came out of stealth mode, 18 months after a round of financing in early 2008 from EV Group. Plans call for Iceotope to begin manufacturing this year with an eye toward getting the system to early access participants by Q1 2010, general availability sometime in the second half of 2010.
Considering that cooling IT systems is responsible for 40-60 percent of a typical data center’s yearly spending on electricity, the company is clearly betting that the energy savings alone will be enough to drum up business. Instead of supplying rack doors with chilled water to cool servers like IBM (s IBM), or affixing “water blocks” to processors and other heat-generating components of a server to siphon off heat, Iceotope dunks entire server motherboards into modules that are filled with an “inert liquid” that doesn’t short out the delicate electronics. Read More about Iceotope Storms Out of Stealth With Super Efficient Cooling for Servers