Data centers are the sacred ground of the information flow around the globe, with thousands of high-performance computers continuously run to create systems that gather, process, and distribute data. According to 451 Research’s data, these institutions are getting denser by the day, exceeding the previous expectations of growth. Since every square meter of data center costs an enormous amount to both build and run, making better guesses are great for expansion plans of “data center realty” companies.
The processing power also increases
Kelly Morgan, VP of Datacenter Infrastructure & Services at 451 Research, tells that one key thing they see in the data center business is a change in the density. As a different measuring method, the measured density is calculated on a kilowatt per rack, an energy consumption rate that is thought to somewhat coincide with the increase of processing capability.
Until recently, Morgan says, the average density was around 5kW per rack. According to 451 Research’s data, 45% of the companies in the business expect to see about 11kW per rack in 2020. Even considering the rise of extremely efficient ASICs for computationally intense areas and rising efficiency of classic x86-based server processors real increase in the relative processing power, actual computational power density that data centers host doubles or even triples the amount of rising in the power consumption.
To accommodate the cooling requirements for ser systems’ ever-rising power consumption, data centers go through restructuring to provide the systems with better cooling systems. Even liquid-cooling becomes a priority option for data centers while the number of the manufacturing companies see them as more practical options and processor manufacturers like AMD began designing higher-power versions of their current line-up that are only suitable for liquid-cooling, like their 280-watt TDP “EPYC 7H12” model.