Data Center Precision Cooling Vendors Invest In Technologies That Save Money and Energy

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Emerson Network Power, APC by Schneider Electric and Rittal are named Data Center Precision Cooling Champions by Info-Tech Research Group

There is an industry-wide attempt by vendors to create more energy efficient solutions in the face of rising energy costs and higher density computing.

Info-Tech Research Group’s recent Data Center Precision Cooling Vendor Landscape report named Emerson Power, APC by Schneider Electric and Rittal market Champions. With green efficiency and cost effectiveness top of mind for organizations, these vendors are investing in innovative technologies that save their customers money by conserving power and maintenance costs.

“There is an industry-wide attempt by vendors to create more energy efficient solutions in the face of rising energy costs and higher density computing. The cooling market is moving away from the traditional method of flooding the data center with cold air to a more precise and targeted method of cooling the servers,” said Darin Stahl, Lead Analyst with Info-Tech Research Group. “Organizations are smarter and are now demanding free cooling features to take advantage of cooler climates and monitoring capabilities to help ensure that critical servers are kept at an acceptable temperature. Vendors are taking it a step further to conserve power and maintenance costs by seeking to minimize the number of required parts and move away from fans.”

Emerson Network Power’s Liebert CRV product offers advanced cooling monitoring and a scalable in-row solution in the data center. Their global product includes features such as air flow direction baffles and 5:1 variable capacity range. These features along with their long standing reputation landed Emerson Network Power in the Champion category for this report.

APC by Schneider Electric has earned a reputation for quality in the industry over the years. This along with their support, advanced monitoring, and strong global sales channel have placed them in the Champion quadrant as well. The report suggests that organizations that require precision cooling at the row level, with or without raised floor in the data center, will find APC’s InRow RD to be a good fit.

Rittal’s flexible solutions and innovative product offerings put them in the Champion quadrant as well. Data centers that do not have raised floors will benefit from Rittal’s LCP Inline which has a plinth (base) which can be employed to run water lines underneath.

Coolcentric was listed as the lone Innovator in the report. Their solution is an affordable option with minimal maintenance costs due to no fans and few moving parts. It is compatible with over 80% of available server racks and is appropriate for high density, high performance computing environments or small environments that lack space for traditional solutions.

For the full list of Info-Tech Research Group’s recommendations for selecting a Collaboration vendor visit: http://www.infotech.com/research/ss/select-the-right-collaboration-platform.

Info-Tech Research Group Vendor Landscape reports recognize outstanding vendors in the technology marketplace. Assessing vendors by the strength of their offering and their strategy for the enterprise, Info-Tech Research Group Vendor Landscapes pay tribute to the contribution of exceptional vendors in a particular category. This Vendor Landscape focused on vendors that provide precision cooling devices at the rack level (DX or chilled liquid) that would be a fit for an organization with a data center/server room in the size of 600-1000 square feet with approximately 150-200kW total cooling requirements (Approximately 10kW per rack).

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