Building utilities provider, Johnson Controls, has announced that it has leveraged its Silent-Aire solutions to offer what it says is the industry’s first hyperscale data centre cooling solution platform focused on helping cloud providers meet ambitious sustainability targets.
The Johnson Controls Data Center Solutions platform aims to deliver innovative solutions that conserve water and reduce energy consumption, including air-cooled chillers, liquid cooling, combination air handler units, future-ready refrigerants, and prefabricated modular data centres.
“Through its Data Center Solutions platform, Johnson Controls is offering something unique and valuable to global hyperscale companies,” said Lindsey Leckelt, vice president of Data Center Solutions at Johnson Controls. “Johnson Controls is the first to provide innovative digital technologies combined with standard and bespoke cooling equipment and modular data centre solutions that optimise energy consumption and water usage. We have the experience and capability to deliver these solutions as globally integrated programs at scale to our hyperscale partners.”
Mission-critical data center operations typically require significant amounts of water and energy for cooling, and hyperscale server rack power density is expected to double as soon as 2023. Many cloud providers are prioritising investments that improve their environmental sustainability and making climate pledges specific to decarbonisation.
A 2021 survey conducted by Forrester Consulting commissioned by and developed in collaboration with Johnson Controls, ‘The Race to Decarbonization: A Spotlight on Data Centers‘, found that nearly half of the data centre decision-makers surveyed have indicated that they plan to reduce energy consumption across their portfolio by at least 50 per cent by an average reported target date of 2024.
The Silent-Aire and Johnson Controls team says that it is uniquely positioned to support data centre leaders in meeting these goals by designing and deploying cooling solutions that minimise environmental impact while maximising efficiency and productivity.
“We are thinking beyond singular projects; we are investing in ongoing partnerships,” said Maik Bohlmann, vice president and general manager, Data Center Solutions, Johnson Controls. “We are carefully listening to our customers, and we are best positioned to support them as they redefine data centres and their energy profiles. From innovative technologies to continuous support through the lifecycle of their progress, it is as much a revolution in our approach as it is an evolution of design for the data centres.”