By Intel & T-Systems Datacenter 2020
The Datacenter 2020 is a joint T-Systems and Intel datacentre test laboratory in the Munich-based Euroindustriepark. The two companies are working to determine methods by which energy efficiency and operations in existing data centres can be optimised. Based on this work and the knowledge derived, the team is also developing a model of the data centre of the future. So far, the researchers have demonstrated improved energy efficiency through the consistent separation of cold and hot air and by raising the supply air temperature and provisioning to a higher energy density in the rack. A substantial proportion of the lower energy consumption is due to being able to optimise the air flow rate through variable speed fans in the cooling units, a capability derived from the cold-aisle containment. In this, the 3rd phase of research the team has repeated the efforts outlined in the first 2 white papers with a hot-aisle containment to compare and contrast it with the improvements found with the cold-aisle containment.