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HP downsizes data center cooling monitor: News in brief

In today's news in brief, HP scales down its data center monitoring product, a new data center may use hydroelectric power, and the Planet will open an eighth facility.

HP offers scaled-down version of data center monitoring tools
Hewlett-Packard Co. has repackaged its data center monitoring tool, which includes wireless sensors and management software to help end users track temperature in their facilities.

The HP Datacenter Environmental Edge is a scaled-down version of its 2-year old Dynamic Smart Cooling product. While Dynamic Smart Cooling involved computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to model airflow and temperature, the new, less expensive product uses wireless sensors from SynapSense to detect temperature, humidity and other details at the IT equipment racks.

It is expected to be available next week, with prices starting at $8 per square foot.

Hydro could power new HPC data center
A group of universities and technology companies -- including Cisco and EMC -- are eyeing a data center in western Massachusetts that would use a nearby river for hydroelectric power.

The city of Holyoke would be the site of the high-performance computing (HPC) data center, with power coming from the nearby Connecticut River. The data center would also be used by the University of Massachusetts and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The facility is expected to cost $100 million.

The Planet to open its eighth hosting data center
The Planet will host a grand opening of its eighth data center next week in Plano, Texas.

The 106,000-square-foot data center will use cooling technology from Turbine Air Systems that will include efficient water-cooled chillers that eliminate the possibility of an interior water leak.

The new facility will bring the Planet's total data center raised-floor space to 224,000 square feet.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Mark Fontecchio, News Writer.

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