"Power and cooling is a pandemic in the world of the data center." That was the message from Michael Bell, research vice president at Gartner Inc., speaking at the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations and Management Summit 2007 this week in Orlando. "By next year, about half the world's data centers will be functionally obsolete due to insufficient power and cooling capacity to meet the demands of high-density equipment."
By 2011, in-rack and in-row cooling will emerge as the predominant cooling strategy for high-density equipment. This has been a consistent message from the vendors in this space, but its interesting to see agreement from Gartner on this point.
By the end of the decade, 15 percent of servers will use chip-level or in-chassis cooling technologies from companies like SprayCool and Cooligy Inc.