Liquid Immersion Co-location Cooling Solutions
Workspace Technology specialist Liquid Immersion Cooling baths are designed to offer the best-in-class efficiency, reliability, and performance for businesses in the Midlands & Greater Midlands region.
With our innovative ‘Liquid Immersion’ approach to data centre cooling, we are able to achieve exceptional results in terms of energy efficiency, density, and cost savings, while providing a highly secure and robust environment for your critical IT infrastructure.
Whether you are a small business looking for a reliable and cost-effective solution for your data centre needs, or a large enterprise seeking a high-density, high-performance infrastructure, our liquid immersion colocation services are the perfect fit for you.
Advantages of Liquid Immersion Cooling for Colocation Clients:
- Higher Energy Efficiency: Liquid immersion cooling is more energy-efficient than traditional air-cooled systems, resulting in lower energy costs and reduced carbon footprint.
- Improved Server Density: Liquid immersion cooling enables higher-density server installations than traditional air-cooled systems, which can maximize the use of floor space and increase computing capacity without expanding the data centre's footprint.
- Reduced Downtime: Liquid immersion cooling reduces the risk of downtime due to thermal issues such as hot spots or thermal runaway, thereby improving the reliability and availability of the data centre.
- Improved Performance: Liquid immersion cooling can improve the performance of servers by reducing thermal throttling and performance degradation, resulting in faster processing times and improved application performance.
- Reduced Space Requirements: Because liquid immersion cooling enables higher-density server installations, it can reduce the physical space required for the data centre, lowering real estate costs.
- Reduced Maintenance Costs: Liquid immersion cooling requires less maintenance than traditional air-cooled systems, as there are fewer moving parts and less wear and tear on components.
- Reduced Noise: Because liquid immersion cooling eliminates the need for fans, it can reduce noise levels in the data centre, creating a quieter and more comfortable work environment.
- Increased Equipment Lifespan: Liquid immersion cooling can extend the lifespan of equipment by reducing the amount of stress on components due to high temperatures.
- Improved Safety: The dielectric fluid used in liquid immersion cooling is non-conductive and non-corrosive, reducing the risk of electrical hazards or equipment damage in the event of a leak or spill.
- Sustainable: Liquid immersion cooling is a more sustainable cooling solution than traditional air-cooled systems, as it reduces energy consumption and carbon emissions, helping customers to meet their sustainability goals.
What is Liquid Immersion Cooling ?
Liquid immersion cooling is a method of cooling data centres by submerging server components in a dielectric fluid, typically a specialized mineral oil. The liquid serves as a heat transfer medium that absorbs and carries away heat generated by the servers.
In a liquid immersion cooled data centre, server components such as CPUs, GPUs, and memory are immersed in the liquid-filled tanks or enclosures. The liquid flows over the components and absorbs the heat generated by them. The heated liquid then flows through a heat exchanger, where the heat is transferred to a secondary cooling system, such as air or water.
The main advantage of liquid immersion cooling is its efficiency in removing heat from the servers. This method of cooling can handle much higher heat loads than traditional air cooling methods, and can reduce cooling costs by up to 95%. Additionally, liquid immersion cooling can reduce server failure rates and increase server lifespan, as it eliminates dust, humidity, and other contaminants that can damage server components.
Who Uses Liquid Immersion Cooling:
Liquid immersion cooling is ideal for those organizations and industries that require high-performance computing and data processing capabilities, including:
- Technology Companies: Technology companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, and IBM deploy liquid immersion cooling in their data centres to improve energy efficiency and reduce cooling costs.
- Research & Educational Institutions: Research institutions & Universities have used liquid immersion cooling to support high-performance computing applications in fields such as physics, chemistry, and weather forecasting.
- Financial Institutions: Financial institutions such as Barclays Bank and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange have used liquid immersion cooling to support high-frequency trading and other data-intensive applications.
- Government Agencies: Government agencies such as the Ministry of Defence and Central Government have used liquid immersion cooling to support scientific research and data processing applications.
- Cryptocurrency Mining Operations: Cryptocurrency mining operations, which require significant computing power, may also befit from liquid immersion cooling as a way to improve energy efficiency and reduce cooling costs.
Liquid immersion cooling does generate heat, but it is significantly less than the amount of heat generated by traditional air-cooled data centres.
In a liquid immersion cooling system, the heat generated by the servers is absorbed by the dielectric fluid, which is then circulated through a heat exchanger to dissipate the heat outside the data centre. The heat exchanger can be air-cooled or liquid-cooled, depending on the specific design of the system.
The amount of heat generated by a liquid immersion cooling system depends on several factors, including the number and type of servers being used, the density of the server installation, and the efficiency of the heat exchanger. However, compared to traditional air-cooled data centres, liquid immersion cooling systems generate significantly less heat, which can reduce the energy required to cool the data centre and lower operational costs.
It is also worth noting that the dielectric fluid used in liquid immersion cooling is non-conductive and non-corrosive, which means that it does not pose a significant risk of damaging server components in the event of a leak or spill. This can help to improve the reliability and safety of the data centre while also reducing the risk of downtime or equipment damage.
Higher Operating Temperatures
Liquid immersion cooling can operate at high temperatures, and in fact, it is one of the key advantages of this cooling technology.
Traditional air-cooled data centres typically maintain temperatures between 18°C to 27°C (64°F to 80°F) to prevent overheating and ensure that the servers operate reliably. However, liquid immersion cooling systems can operate at higher temperatures, up to 50°C (122°F) or more, without causing damage to the servers or affecting their performance.
This is because the dielectric fluid used in liquid immersion cooling is much more efficient at removing heat from the servers than air, which means that the servers can operate at higher temperatures without experiencing thermal throttling or performance degradation. In fact, higher operating temperatures can actually improve the energy efficiency of the servers by reducing the amount of energy required to operate the cooling systems.
Operating at higher temperatures can also reduce the risk of condensation in the data centre, which can be a significant problem in air-cooled data centres. By maintaining a consistent temperature throughout the data centre, liquid immersion cooling can reduce the risk of condensation and improve the reliability and uptime of the servers.
Overall, the ability to operate at higher temperatures is one of the key advantages of liquid immersion cooling, as it can improve energy efficiency, reduce cooling costs, and improve the reliability and uptime of the data centre.
Power Saving Benefits
The power savings associated with liquid immersion cooling come from its high efficiency in removing heat from the servers, which can significantly reduce the energy needed to cool the data centre.
Traditional air-cooled data centres require large amounts of electricity to power cooling systems such as air conditioning units and fans, which consume up to 40% of the total energy used by a data centre. This is because air is a poor conductor of heat, so it takes a lot of energy to move enough air through the data centre to remove the heat generated by the servers.
In contrast, liquid immersion cooling removes heat much more efficiently than air cooling. The dielectric fluid used in liquid immersion cooling can absorb heat much faster than air, and can remove heat up to 1,000 times more efficiently. This means that the cooling systems used in liquid immersion cooling require significantly less energy to operate, resulting in lower energy consumption and lower operational costs.
Additionally, liquid immersion cooling can enable higher server densities and reduce the physical footprint of data centres, which can further reduce energy consumption and lower operational costs. By reducing the space needed to house servers, data centres can also reduce the amount of energy required for lighting, ventilation, and other ancillary services.
Overall, liquid immersion cooling can reduce energy consumption by up to 50% compared to traditional air-cooled data centres, resulting in significant power savings and lower operational costs over the long term.
Free Cooling Technology
Liquid immersion cooling allows Workspace Technology to deploy free cooling technology, which is a method of cooling that uses the natural temperature of the outdoor air to cool the data centre without the need for mechanical refrigeration.
Free cooling is achieved through the use of an air-side economizer system, which takes advantage of cool outdoor air to cool the data centre. In traditional air-cooled data centres, this method of cooling is limited by the need to maintain a consistent temperature and humidity level to ensure the reliable operation of the servers. However, with liquid immersion cooling, the servers can operate at higher temperatures, which means that free cooling can be used throughout the entire year. This approach significantly reduces the energy required to cool the immersion baths and lowers client co-location costs.