HP this week became the latest IT giant to launch a new cooling system designed to help firms improve the energy efficiency of their data centre.
The new Dynamic Smart Cooling system uses software to continuously adjust air conditioning settings based on air temperature readings taken using a network of sensors deployed on IT racks. HP claims the technology will let firms slash their cooling costs by up to 45 percent or alternatively allow them to add additional servers to their datacentre.
The company added that the new system – which is expected to be available globally by next autumn - will integrate with any standard IT rack and includes interfaces with most air con and building management systems.
To underline its commitment to the new technology HP has pledged to trial it in six of its own US datacenters and has also launched a new reseller programme designed to attract IT, utility, real estate, and services partners.
Paul Perez, vice president of storage, networks and infrastructure for HP's enterprise servers and storage division, said that the new system aimed to bridge the gap that often exists between IT and facilities departments. "HP customers can now change energy from a fixed cost to a variable cost within the datacentre," he added.
Separately, HP said it was spending $10m a year on a new Smart Data Center design team tasked with delivering more products for intelligently managing datacentre power and cooling systems.
Meanwhile, the vendor also unveiled a new Uninterruptible Power System and 100KVA Power Distribution Rack as part of a range of datacentre power supply products. Called HP 3-Phase Power portfolio the new products aim to provide datacenters with a modular power supply system that should allow firms to only use power grids as they are required.
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