HP Chills the Server Room

By Amy Newman (Send Email)
Posted Jan 31, 2006


With servers getting denser energy costs soaring, cooling the server room is a hot topic these days. On Monday, HP introduced three new cooling products to wage what Paul Perez, vice president, storage, networking and infrastructure, Industry Standard Servers, describes as,  "a war on heat" from a unique vantage point: the rack itself.

Cooling the data center is a hot topic for both enterprises and vendors. Three new products from HP deliver frosty relief.

The HP Modular Cooling System uses chilled water technology to triple the standard cooling capacity of a single rack; the HP 10000 G2 Series Racks standardize rack efficiencies across all HP server and storage platforms; and an HP Power Distribution Unit (PDU) Management Module provides standards-based power management.

The new power and cooling solutions were made with the entire HP product portfolio in mind. They support the ProLiant, BladeSystem, Integrity, Integrity NonStop, and HP 9000 server families, as well as StorageWorks families of MSA, EVA, and XP arrays.

The Modular Cooling System (MCS), a self-cooled rack for high-density data center deployments, attaches to a standard HP 10000 G2 Series rack. It uses the data center's chilled water supply to distribute cool air evenly across the entire front of the rack. With the MCS, a rack can generate up to 30KW of energy.

HP's latest rack, the 10000 G2 Series, accommodates all of its rack-mounted server and storage products, thus standardizing seven incompatible HP racks to a single rack and power platform. The rack features convection cooling and improved ventilation compared to previous racks.

HP's PDU Management Module monitors power environments by offering comprehensive control of individual HP PDUs. The management module provides centralized, standard SNMP control of all individual HP PDUs via HP Systems Insight Manager and other software.

In addition to these products, HP offers a variety of fixed price and custom-tailored assessment and site planning services for evaluating power and cooling environment and using resources more efficiently. Its recently announced Data Center Services, which consists of HP Data Center Assessment Service, HP Data Center Thermal Assessment Service, and HP Data Center Site Planning Service, and is  designed to help customers ensure data center facilities meet current and future requirements.

HP also plans to offer a range of implementation and support services for the new HP Modular Cooling System.

Perez estimates a 25 percent savings on average with these products, as has been the case in the OEM's Palo Alto data center, and a break-even time frame of nine months.

The products will be available for shipment on February 6, Perez said. The MCS starts at $30,500; the 42U 10000 G2 Series Rack is priced from $1,249 and the 36U rack from $1,199; and the PDU Management Module starts at $199.

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