For existing data centers, coolRAC offers the ability to add computing power while using the same amount of electricity.
Device Technology, a specialist in developing system-level solutions designed
to optimize its customers' applications, announced coolRAC technology, a power
architecture for enterprise data centers that is engineered to increase energy
efficiency and lower operating cost. IDT's technology does not require a data
center redesign or changes to the physical architecture, which helps minimize
the effort and cost to upgrade.
coolRAC utilizes an approach for converting and distributing the AC input power
of an enterprise computing data center to the DC inputs of the servers'
electronics. Using low-voltage point-of-load conversion and AC distribution,
coolRAC achieves end-to-end power efficiency of nearly 90 percent-a 10 percent
improvement over traditional solutions, which in turn lowers energy and cooling
costs. The company said the solution is designed to provide a low-cost and high
availability cabinet-level power solution for server, network and storage
products, such as those used in massive cloud computing facilities. Investment
costs can be recovered through energy savings, an IDT release stated.
new coolRAC technology offers unprecedented power savings in a market where
every small increase in efficiency is crucial," said Arman Naghavi, vice
president and general manager of the analog and power Division at IDT. "By
offering nearly 90 percent end-to-end efficiency with no physical architecture
changes, and using existing AC inputs and standard components, coolRAC is an
undeniable breakthrough in green technology. While our competition strives to
make incremental improvements with a narrow focus at the device level, IDT's
system-level approach changes the paradigm to realize huge benefits for its
customers. Our growing power management portfolio is setting the stage for the
next generation of high-efficiency cloud computing platforms."
said IDT coolRAC is already generating interest from high performance computing
and network product suppliers looking to offer a competitive advantage. For
existing data centers, coolRAC offers the ability to add computing power while
using the same amount of electricity, which is especially important for
facilities with fixed power limits. In addition, because key elements of the
control mechanisms are to be implemented in advanced silicon ICs, the topology
creates an opportunity for data centers to fully leverage the continuing
advances in silicon process cost and performance to realize further energy
savings. Such benefits in power management are not accessible to data centers
using traditional DC distribution architectures, making IDT's coolRAC
technology more favorable for future improvements, Naghavi noted.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.