The Biggest Names in Cloud are Turning to Liquid Cooling

Christopher Mims at Quartz reports that many of the big players in the Cloud space are migrating from air-controlled cooling to liquid cooling systems lead by companies like Green Revolution and Asetek.

In an un-air-conditioned shed in a location Price will not disclose, alongside bags of salt used to run a water softening system, sit waist-high tanks full of mineral oil. In their depths are tiny lights blinking like bioluminescent creatures from the abyss, and something even more unexpected: row after row of PC motherboards, craggy with RAM and CPUs and hard drives and cables. Each one is more or less straight off the rackā€”the same hardware that, in any other data center, would be cooled by an air-moving infrastructure that begins with gigantic air-conditioning systems and ends in palm-sized fans attached directly to the motherboards themselves.

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