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.