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Virtualization: Optimized Power and Cooling to Maximize Benefits


Virtualization is an undisputed leap forward in data center evolution - it saves energy, it increases computing throughput, it frees up floor space, and it facilitates load migration and disaster recovery. With these benefits though, come new challenges to the power and cooling infrastructure. While an upgrade of power and cooling systems is not necessarily required to make virtualization "work", the greatest benefits from virtualization will be realized with power and cooling that responds to these challenges.

Challenges such as:

  • Dynamic and migrating high-density loads
  • Underloading of power/ cooling systems
  • The need to ensure that capacity meets demand at the row, rack and server level

Although these challenges aren't necessarily exclusive to a virtualized data center, the combined simultaneous effects of virtualization are focusing attention on them with a new urgency.

This paper will describe each type of power and cooling solution that best handles each of these challenges and approaches them in the context of a virtualized environment.


Suzanne Niles Senior Research Analyst, APC Suzanne Niles is a Senior Research Analyst with the APC Data Center. She studied mathematics at Wellesley College and received her Bachelor’s degree in computer science from MIT, with a thesis on handwritten character recognition. She has been educating diverse audiences for over 30 years using a variety of media from software manuals to photography and children’s songs.
Schneider Electric
29 Apr 2009
04 Feb 2009
25 Page(s)
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