HP adds thermal mapping to energy-saving services

HP Wednesday announced it had added thermal mapping capabilities to its data centre assessment services that show customers how they can potentially save between 10 per cent and 45 per cent on energy costs by using cooling systems more efficiently and optimizing data centre design.

HP Thermal Zone Mapping uses technology developed by HP Labs to create a three-dimensional model of how much, how often and exactly where air conditioners are blasting systems with cold air. The model, HP sais, will help data centre managers better arrange systems and other resources to optimize the use of pricey air conditioning.

The company adds that when Thermal Zone Mapping is coupled with HP’s Dynamic Smart Cooling (DSC) products customers can save up to 45 percent on energy costs spent on cooling.

“The technology we use can show customers the coolest parts of the data center so they can locate their mission-critical systems near the CRACs, or computer room air conditioners,” said Brian Brouillette, a vice-president with HP. He explained that often CRACs are located in less than optimal locations. “Thermal Assessment Services can show customers where the air is cold, when it’s coming into the room, when and where the cold air turns to hot air and how the air is ultimately evacuated.”

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