Wednesday, February 13th 2013

Asetek's ISAC Eliminates Need for Active Cooling In Harsh Data Center Environments

Asetek today announced that its ISAC (Inside Server Air Conditioning) has been selected by the DoD (Department of Defense) to participate in its TROPEC (Transformative Reductions in Operational Energy Consumption) program. TROPEC is a collaborative Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy (DOE) program that targets game-changing enhanced energy efficiency for critical applications at military forward ISACoperations, such as data centers and communications.

ISAC is the next generation of Asetek's RackCDU data center liquid-cooling product line. Unlike the traditional RackCDU products, which can eliminate 80% of server cooling load in the data center, ISAC eliminates the need for active cooling altogether by removing 100% of server heat through Asetek's proprietary liquid-cooling solution. As a result, ISAC offers significant energy savings and enhanced system reliability in harsh operating environments.

For commercial data centers, ISAC also significantly reduces the infrastructure costs associated with ultra-efficient data centers, eliminating the capital and operating costs associated with computer-room air-conditioning systems. In addition, ISAC makes data center air-quality requirements irrelevant. For TROPEC, this is particularly valuable as it allows server installation in harsh environments such as military forward operating bases or mobile locations like military Humvees.

This news comes on the heels of recent announcements in the data center arena for Asetek. Most recently, Asetek was selected by the DoD for a major data center retrofit with RackCDU liquid cooling and, prior to that, Cray announced that Asetek's RackCDU would be available in their Xtreme-Cool Supercomputer.

"Cooling is the major barrier for efficiency in the data center industry," said Andre Eriksen, Asetek's CEO. "With RackCDU, we are moving the industry away from their dependence on active cooling. ISAC takes that transition to its logical conclusion by eliminating air-conditioning from the data center completely."
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8 Comments on Asetek's ISAC Eliminates Need for Active Cooling In Harsh Data Center Environments

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btarunr
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Quite a few PC enthusiasts in the military. I bet they pushed the brass for this tech.
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Fourstaff
by: btarunr
Quite a few PC enthusiasts in the military. I bet they the brass for this tech.
Logical next step, who would want to pipe in hot dusty desert air to cool their servers?
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#4
Sasqui
Another good part is the cooling of the fluid can be accomplished a whole lot of different ways depending on the application.
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brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
LOL DoD just now thinking of this? Our 25B's took our units rack mounted servers apart and installed a full water loop using XSPC blocks, high flow aquarium pump, and a car radiator that was all mounted to a portable rack. It took time for the higher ups to approve but they never had it go down due to heat.
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cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: brandonwh64
LOL DoD just now thinking of this? Our 25B's took our units rack mounted servers apart and installed a full water loop using XSPC blocks, high flow aquarium pump, and a car radiator that was all mounted to a portable rack. It took time for the higher ups to approve but they never had it go down due to heat.
The military doesn't exactly buy car radiator loops. Asetek just released this not even a year ago for the military to adopt something like this that quickly is actually pretty astounding. That being said it was a simple cost effectiveness scenario. Means deployed servers like were I am now will not need 50 A/C units pumping into the server room.

On another note I doubt these will leave stateside for a bit...
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Initialised
by: cdawall
The military doesn't exactly buy car radiator loops. Asetek just released this not even a year ago for the military to adopt something like this that quickly is actually pretty astounding. That being said it was a simple cost effectiveness scenario. Means deployed servers like were I am now will not need 50 A/C units pumping into the server room.

On another note I doubt these will leave stateside for a bit...
Isn't it normally the other way around, military grade kit slowly trickles down to the consumer.
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cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: Initialised
Isn't it normally the other way around, military grade kit slowly trickles down to the consumer.
Meaning stateside bases for deployed locations. They already have these readily available for the consumer/business.
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