Colocation Data Center Provider Datasite Launches HPC Solution

DataSite, a wholesale data center space and network service provider that owns and operates colocation premises in Atlanta, Boise and Orlando, has announced it will install Motivair Corporation’s ChilledDoor Rack Cooling system to accommodate a high performance computing (HPC) environment for a strategic customer.

With the ChilledDoor system, DataSite would have the capability to accommodate supercomputing gear for applications, such as artificial intelligence (AI) in cars, medical research and weather tracking, all of which demand as much as 75kW per rack.

Market research firm, IDC, projects the HPC market will grow from $23.1B in 2016 to $31.4B in 2019, fueled by the desire to reap the of benefits of power hungry servers, storage, middleware, and applications. This trend is largely driven by more robust connectivity solutions delivering richer media to data centers that consequently require more intensive computing operations to process the rising influx of data.

datasite colocationMotivair’s solution is an active rear door heat exchanger that is mounted directly to the rear panel of the rack that ensures all heat being generated by equipment is neutralized before it leaves the cabinet. This would eliminate the need for traditional cooling systems to operate on the HPC environment. Additionally, the system is continuously monitoring atmospheric variables to adjust conditions on a real-time basis, increasing data center efficiencies.

“We were eager to accommodate our customers’ desire to deploy HPC clusters in DataSite facilities, but did not want to sacrifice operational efficiencies,” said Rob Wilson, Executive Vice President for DataSite. “After an extensive search of the HPC cooling market, Motivair was selected as the ideal product that provided industry best cooling capabilities while meeting DataSite’s Sustainability commitments.”

Based in Buffalo, NY (USA), Motivair Corporation is a global supplier of specialty chillers and cooling systems providing “innovative” solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, public and private sectors around the world.

“As the HPC market expands, traditional cooling systems, such as CRACs and in-row systems, will not be able to accommodate next generation hardware efficiently,” said Rich Whitmore, President & CEO of Motivair. “DataSite is setting themselves apart as an early adopter of HPC colocation cooling solutions by utilizing the ChilledDoor technology, and it’s encouraging for us to work with a partner that is willing to reinvent its operational approach as technology evolves. We are eager to launch this initiative in Orlando and look forward to accommodate DataSite colocation customers’ HPC ambitions in Atlanta and Boise as well.”