High Temperature Data Center

Energy overconsumption by traditional data centers

It’s a well known fact that traditional data centers are massive consumers of energy to power the servers, storage equipment and cooling structures. The International Energy Agency estimates that data centers consumed about 1% of global electricity in 2020.

Many countries are growing concerned on this need for energy, with a prime example being Singapore. Singapore is a popular data center market for its stability and infrastructure, a moratorium was announced to temporarily halt the building new data centers in 2019 with concerns about space constraints and energy consumption.

In 2022, the Singapore Government lifted this moratorium and announced an emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability in the building of new data centers.

How to reduce power consumption in typical data centers

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Green Data Centre Technology Roadmap by NCCS

A study by the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) shows the breakdown of energy consumption by a typical data center in this pie chart.

Cooling systems are the largest culprit of energy consumption, requiring about 1/3 of the energy required to cool power a data center to ASHRAE guidelines. Reducing the energy required for cooling will help significantly in reducing power consumption and costs of data centers.

What is a High Temperature Data Center?

High temperature data centers are also known as High Ambient Temperature (HTA) data centers or Tropical data centers. While typical data centers need to be cooled to temperatures around 21ºC to function, high temperature data centers are able to operate efficiently at warmer ambient temperatures of 30ºC.

How high temperature data centers cut costs

High temperature data centers utilize fresh-air economizers instead of air-conditioning, doing away with the need for expensive data center cooling infrastructure and reducing energy consumption, space required and operational cost, all key factors in lowering the total cost of ownership of data centers over time.

Servers for High Temperature Data Centers

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Source: NCSS Green Data Center Technology Roadmap

With typical servers designed for operation at lower temperatures, rugged servers are essential for high temperature data centers. According to the NCCS, ASHRAE IT equipment failure rate increases exponentially at temperatures above 20ºC, which clearly signals the need for specialized rugged equipment that is built to handle the heat.

LanternEdge’s HarshPro servers are rugged servers with a high operating temperature of up to 50ºC and can handle up to 90% relative humidity. This allows the servers to work efficiently in warm climates with minimal need for additional cooling infrastructure, perfect for high temperature data centers.

Designed to be reliable, remotely operated and low maintenance, HarshPro Servers ensure a dark data center is always up and running even when temperatures spike.

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