Tuesday, 6 March 2012


Iceotopes innovative solution tackles the energy costs and environmental footprint associated with data centre cooling

 Iceotope, the producer of the first truly scalable Data Centre ready integrated cooling and compute solution, is today launching at CeBIT.  This innovative approach to tackling energy costs and environmental footprints combines industry standard ICT, with next generation liquid cooling, to deliver 24/7 free cooling for ICT, anywhere on the planet.  This results in saving 97% of the energy cost of cooling and more than 75% of the mechanical costs.

With Iceotope’s unique liquid cooling system, all electronics are encapsulated in a sealed unit containing 3M’s Novec as the inert coolant. This reduces the power consumed at a server level by eliminating the need for any fans.  Novec rapidly convects the heat away from the electronics, and then transfers it to a sealed low pressure gravity fed sub system.  The heat can then be passively cooled or repurposed to centrally heat or provide hot water to other buildings, facilities or office spaces. No chillers, no CRAC, no Waste.

Commenting on Novec’s suitability for use in Iceotope servers, Adrian Hyner, sales manager at 3M said, “Novec’s safe, sustainable chemistry provides an excellent balance between performance, safety and the environment.”  By using an inert chemical coolant as opposed to potentially flammable solutions as used in alternative liquid cooling platforms, data centre owners can improve safety while making a dramatic overall reduction in electricity costs.

Jon Summers, senior lecturer and researcher, institute of thermofluids, at Leeds University, has been instrumental in the research into Iceotope’s new system.  "It is time that efforts were focused on the efficiency of internal cooling of information systems in data centres,” said Summers.  “Using air is an easy engineering option, but certainly not efficient. Therefore the use liquid encapsulation of the electronics in the Iceotope system offers an elegant engineering solution with a definite efficiency gain."

 “Researchers predict that the world’s data centres will consume 19% more energy in the next 12 months than they have in the past year,” said Peter Hopton, founder and CTO of Iceotope.  “In order to try to combat this increase in power consumption, we need to start looking to technology that will help to not only reduce environmental footprint, but also help reduce the costs associated with power and cooling in data centre and HPC environments.  Through our research with Leeds University and 3M, we’re excited about the impact our solution will have on data centre design and location and we’re looking forward to demonstrating the new product at this year’s CeBIT.” 

3M’s Mark Nursall and Leeds University’s Jon Summers are both presenting with Iceotope at CeBIT to demonstrate and discuss the benefits of this unique modular liquid cooling system.  Iceotope will be demonstrating its new technology at stand A47 in hall 11 at CeBIT 2012, Hannover, Germany, March 6-10.

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Iceotope liquid cooled cabinets have a list price of £19,995 ($31,500), which includes hot swap redundant pump/heat exchangers and 6 Iceotope module centres ready to house a total of 48 modules.  Customers need only add suitable PDUs to match their infrastructure, plus modules, power supplies or the optional cable management system.

Server modules start from a list price of £3,995 ($6,300), for a fully configured server with Two 6 Core Xeon 'Romley' E5 Processors, 64GB RAM, 40Gb Infiniband and high endurance SSD Storage. Various other specifications are available including custom configurations and high-end processors.

About Iceotope

Iceotope Ltd, registered in Guernsey has been established to develop and deliver 'full time free cooling for ICT anywhere'.  This is done by combining next generation liquid cooling technology, industry standard ICT and Iceotope’s own I.P.  Designed with environmental impact in mind, this is the first truly sustainable and resource efficient solution to ICT cooling. Iceotope’s energy efficient technology is designed, engineered and manufactured in Great Britain.  
Iceotope at CeBIT
The DataChain
06 March 2012