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It’s not obvious, but what do data centers and elephants have in common?

It’s not obvious, but what do data centers and elephants have in common?

We have been learning from the animal kingdom for many years now; just think of how airplanes have been modeled on birds’ wings in relation to the technical properties and characteristics of flying. Quite similar approaches also exist for IT infrastructures. For example, elephants usually live in very warm areas, but they cannot sweat as they have no sweat glands. So how do they keep cool, especially when they reside in very warm climates? While observing the lives and paths that elephants regularly use in their home environment, one thing immediately becomes apparent: the animals are never far from water holes and rivers. They use the water to regulate their body temperature.

Therefore, it is without surprise that the evolution of servers, particularly their cooling factors, will learn from elephants and be taken to the next level. This next innovative step is necessary for large data centers, High Performance Computing (HPC) environments and service providers in order to cope with the multitude of emerging data volumes around digital transformation. Connected cars, smart homes, a large array of new intelligent devices and an increasing amount of sensors are just some of the examples for a continuous fusion of the physical and digital worlds. All this will contribute to a very large spurt of data volume over the next few years, which have to be gathered, transported, processed and stored. In order to accommodate all this, data centers must become increasingly denser to support data growth, which also means that they will get hotter and modern servers will need to address this.

When it comes to data center design and cooling technologies, Fujitsu is one of the pioneers that has a long-established and extensive expertise in liquid cooling technology. With our award-winning Cool-Central® Liquid Cooling Solution, Fujitsu was the first major vendor to deliver direct-to-chip liquid cooling for more efficient building and operation of scale-out data centers.

As one of the highlights at the Fujitsu Forum 2016 in Munich, Fujitsu will demonstrate a prototype for the next stage in system packaging. The Liquid Immersion Cooling is a new paradigm to solve the challenges being associated with exponential data growth.

Cool-Central® Liquid Cooling Solution next stage system packaging - the Liquid Immersion Cooling

The immersion of servers in fluorocarbon-based fluid provides greater cooling efficiency and eliminates the need for server fans, air-flow guides and air-optimized heat-sinks reducing cooling equipment power requirements by about 40%. This leads to high density server deployments that reduce floor space requirements by up to 50%.

This state-of-the-art technology allows for flexible expansion for exponential data growth and provides the foundation for a hyper-connected world. It helps not only to save space and electricity, but it enables data centers to be deployed anywhere. Also, immersed IT equipment requires no air flow, thus eliminating noise made by cooling fans. This outstanding solution once more demonstrates that learning from nature is the best choice to achieve continuous improvements.

Take advantage of the two days at the Fujitsu Forum in Munich and learn more about this new technology: http://www.fujitsu.com/global/microsites/fujitsu-forum-2016/

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    José Belchior Melícias
    November 16, 2016

    Its wonderful to see the nature taking human society to the next level, as they been doing restlessly! Congratulations to Fujitsu to take the same path......looking at Nature to solve and to raise the bar for the coming future! You have been probably looking as well as to the "firefly and glowworm" for power sourcing.......it would be nice to know what can we learn from them!!! Best Regards!

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