Guide to modern methods for cooling data centers

Whether you want to build a new data center or refresh the technology in an existing one, this guide will help you understand some of the most efficient ways for cooling data centers.

Every business has different requirements for its data center. IT administrators have to weigh all the variables to find the right balance of agility, scalability and environmental friendliness -- all while staying under budget. It's also important to explore the most efficient, cost-effective methods for cooling data centers.

How do you decide what's good for your current needs, and what decisions are you making that will align with future data center upgrades? The cooling landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. This guide will assist you in your efforts to future-proof your data center and reduce your cooling costs now.

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Cooling with liquid: Back to the future

Using liquid as a cooling method dates back to the 1970s when air-moving fans weren't enough to cool huge mainframes and supercomputers. But liquid cooling is making its way back into data centers. Here are a few features and tips to explain why this switch makes sense for today's server farms.

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Free cool the future

The days of needing a sweater in the chilly data center are long gone. With the rise of acceptable operating temperatures, some low-tech cooling methods use natural air and water instead of mechanical refrigeration to keep servers from overheating.

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What's ahead for data center cooling?

One part science fiction, one part technological advancement: Here are a few ideas about the future of data center cooling methods.

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