Hyper Data Centres Change Precision Cooling Market

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Published: 25 August 2015


BSRIA's latest report shows that large hyper data centres are impacting the precision cooling market away from traditional computer room air-conditioning (CRAC) systems. 
Over the next 10 years, BSRIA forecasts that data centre owners will opt for a mix of free cooling, liquid cooling and chilled-water cooling. 

Typical hyper data centres are those used by Google, Apple,Facebook, Amazon Web Services and Yahoo!. The report shows they are using new technologies such as modular units, outdoor air handling units and evaporative cooling. The move towards these solutions has allowed traditional air conditioning manufacturers, like Trane, McQuay, Carrier, Daikin and JCI, to enter the data centre cooling market.  Better informed customers want more sophisticated solutions to meet their needs.

As WMI Manager at I.T. Cable Group, Lone Hansen put it:

“Most of the large hyper-scale (American) data centres have a centralised team that will develop the specification with regards to IT equipment and networks, cooling and power. The specification will typically be rolled out globally and include several (often three to four) approved suppliers in each product category. A global footprint is an important part of the selection criteria. Most value multiple source relationships as opposed to single source relationships. Some of the products are sourced direct from the suppliers to reduce the cost while others are bought through distribution.”
The chart below positions some of the new technology related to their application and temperature range.
As demand for IP (internet protocol) connections, data storage and web traffic grows so too does demand for data centre capacity. The market for precision cooling systems in data centres in 2014 across the 10 biggest markets was around $US 19 billion (~£12 billion). BSRIA believes these markets will continue to grow between now and 2017. 
North America is the largest market (40%) for data centre cooling. China is next (~33%) and the UK is next with 8%. Germany accounts for 6% of the market, with demand in Russia, France, Australia and Brazil growing too.

Find out more about the report from Andrew Giles at BSRIA:

andrew.giles@bsria.co.uk Phone:+44 (0)1344 465 624. Mobile: +44 (0)7900 344 708