Rack Level High Density Cooling
(ITE) in high performance data
centers continues to drive the need for
more efficient and effective cooling technologies. Traditional air cooling is not a sustainable solution in these settings.
While liquid cooling offers far greater efficiencies than air cooling, many liquid cooling options require large capital expenditures, are difficult to integrate with existing infrastructure, and present complications when upgrades or added capacity are needed.
Because liquid is denser than air, it has much greater heat transfer capacity. The heat carrying capacity of water is 3,500 times higher than that of air.
Low-profile cold plates used in direct contact liquid cooling also have the advantage of taking up much less rack space than traditional heat sinks. While liquid cooling offers huge advantages in moving heat, managing the entire heat load of the rack with liquid cooling methods can be overly complex and cost prohibitive.