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Density in the Data Center

Published By: Server Technology
Server Technology
Published:  Aug 19, 2014
Length:  7 pages

A number of factors in today’s market are driving the datacenter operator to increase the density and the operational loading of the compute infrastructure. Among these factors are the desire to reduce both capital and operational expenditures, improve energy efficiency (lower PUE), avoidance of new build-out, reduction of latency times, and better management of network traffic flow.

Historically, the aggregate power load of the datacenter cabinet has ranged from 1-5 kW for a 42U rack. A full rack of single (or dual) corded 1U servers, in the aptly nicknamed “pizza box” form factor, were the original drivers for a high density (scale out) rack and high outlet count PDU.

As the equipment manufacturers adopted a number of new form factors, such as 2U, 4U, 5U, and 10U enclosures incorporating multiple server chips and large banks of both storage and memory, the demands placed on the power supplies within those servers went up, requiring higher power delivery per cord and outlet, driving the widespread requirement of C19 outlets over the previously dominant C13 outlets.

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