Why Should Enterprises and Data Centers Pay Attention to Immersion Cooling
Many people are not familiar with immersion cooling, but it is a technology that has the potential to revolutionize the way we cool high-end servers on a large scale. Immersion cooling involves submerging electronic components in a dielectric fluid, which disperses heat away from the device more efficiently than air or water cooling. This new advanced cooling solution can reduce energy consumption and help to increase the lifespan of critical components in IT infrastructures.
One of the leading reasons for the increased adoption of immersion cooling is the growing carbon footprint of data centers and the increasing TDP of components such as CPUs and GPUs.
Such concern has led to global regulatory pressure on the IT/data center industry. For example, China, the EU, and the United States have implemented regulations on power usage effectiveness (PUE) in all data centers to enable better sustainability. Another upcoming blog article will be dedicated to introducing the regulatory landscape.
A new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) business services spending will grow to $158 billion in 2025 with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32.3%.
Some of the Sustainable Development Goals that are expected to drive innovations and improvements toward the adoption of liquid cooling technologies are:
- Reducing water scarcity
- Climate change action
- Sustainable urban infrastructure
- Recycling and reusability
As a result, the number of new data centers is increasing the use of immersion cooling techniques. Immersion cooling has a significant impact on thermal management techniques due to the use of dielectric coolants that can potentially be used in high-density data centers. This dielectric liquid allows CPU and GPU clusters to be deployed much closer together, i.e., in high-density configurations, while protecting critical elements from thermal and environmental risks.
One cost-effective solution is to use thermal management planning software. This software can help you optimize your cooling system and reduce the amount of fluid required. Enterprises can save money on the initial investment and the ongoing operating costs of the immersion cooling system.
Immersion cooling bridges the gap between traditional and future data centers. It not only improves the efficiency of the data infrastructure system, but it also significantly reduces the amount of energy consumed by a company or individual by eliminating the need for refrigerants. Immersion cooling can offer financial and environmental benefits, resulting in lower energy bills, a lower total cost of ownership, and a decreasing carbon footprint.
However, just like any other emerging technology, immersion cooling has its own unique characteristics to navigate. For example, there are 18 known immersion cooling tank manufacturers worldwide, almost equally distributed among Asia, Europe, and the US. All of them have been studied by AMAX, who will discuss them in a subsequent blog post.
Contact our AMAX team to learn more about our Immersion Cooling.