Heat is an important factor that significantly affects IT performance. Traditionally, most datacenter managers have relied upon the use of ambient air cooling solutions (alternating cool and hot rows) to meet their cooling needs. However, ambient air cooling solutions are often unable to handle high heat loads, are not targeted, and can be cost and energy inefficient. As power-intensive applications and server densities have increased, datacenter managers are seeking new ways to dissipate heat bi-products. Accordingly, the use of liquid cooling solutions has become an increasingly popular part of many datacenter cooling strategies. You can best mitigate heat issues if you have a thorough heat dissipation plan and invest in scalable cooling solutions. Below is a short overview of the two main approaches to data center cooling ambient air cooling and liquid cooling.
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