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HP Sets New Milestones in Data Center Energy EfficiencyPALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 23, 2007
HP today announced the largest deployment to date of its Dynamic Smart Cooling technology in a next-generation research data center located in Bangalore, India.
HP Labs, the company’s central research organization, wanted to demonstrate the scaling of its cooling technology in a real-world, heterogeneous data center environment. The result is one of the most sensor-rich data centers in the world, yielding a 20 percent reduction in cooling power consumption upon startup.
Once fully optimized, the Dynamic Smart Cooling-based data center is expected to save 7,500 megawatt-hours (MWh) annually – equal to the power consumption of more than 750 U.S. homes – and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 7,500 tons annually.
The project involved consolidating 14 lab data centers in Bangalore into a high-density, 70,000-square-foot data center, one of the largest in India. The data center is composed of a mix of older legacy equipment and newer server racks and blades, which is common for IT environments deployed in production today.
Real-time data center air-temperature measurements are obtained from a network of 7,500 sensors deployed on the IT racks – the most ever deployed in a single data center. An agile mechanism responds to facility failures, anomalies and brown outs.
When fully optimized, the data center is expected to yield up to a 40 percent reduction in energy consumption over today’s typical data center cooling methods.
“This is a great example of research that pushes the boundaries of today’s technology to address challenges companies will face in the future,” said Shane Robison, executive vice president and chief technology and strategy officer, HP. “HP continues to set the bar for energy-efficiency initiatives that both make business sense and reduce environmental impact.”
The implementation of Dynamic Smart Cooling technology at the Bangalore data center was conducted remotely from HP Labs in Palo Alto in conjunction with the HP Systems Technology Software Division team in Bangalore. In the future, HP plans to use the data center to advance technology through research on management of physical resources, including power profiling and data analysis.
“Among IT executives’ greatest concerns today are power, cooling and energy efficiency,” said Jerald Murphy, senior vice president and research director of the Robert Frances Group, a Westport, Conn.-based IT consulting and research firm. “As companies look for solutions that help move them toward highly efficient data centers, they need to make smart changes today. IT executives should look at creative approaches such as those from HP research, which highlight smart approaches to power consumption, proving that companies can reap incredible power savings without having to completely rebuild their data centers.”
Dynamic Smart Cooling consists of advanced software residing in an intelligent control node that continuously adjusts air conditioning settings in a data center, based on real-time air-temperature measurements from a network of sensors deployed on IT racks. The technology actively manages the environment to deliver cooling where it is needed most, enabling essential cost savings and improved utilization to customers.
Unlike other industry solutions, Dynamic Smart Cooling actively manages data center cooling while reducing cooling power consumption. Dynamic Smart Cooling was released for general customer availability earlier this month.
More information on HP Power and Cooling technologies is available at www.hp.com/go/powerandcooling.
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