UL Releases Programs to Mitigate Risks and Advance Performance in Data Centers

Global safety science provider UL, a company based in more than 100 countries delivering testing, inspection & certification, training & advisory, and risk management solutions, has announced two new initiatives. Their Data Center Integrator Qualification (DCIQ) and Immersion Cooling Equipment programs are aimed at promoting safer data center operating environments while adding performance.

The DCIQ program from UL addresses the need to prevent data center dangers and performance loss caused by inappropriate equipment integration, as well as the need to fulfill local and national building requirements for fire and electrical rules and regulations.

Following completion, systems integrator-qualified employees and their firms will be awarded a certificate based on periodical audits and compliance with all program criteria. In conjunction with industry stakeholders, such as hardware original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), system integrators, and asset owners, UL created particular standards.

“As the data center industry grows, capital-intensive equipment will need to be installed in new data centers or upgraded in existing data centers,” said Ibrahim Jilani, global director of UL’s Consumer, Medical and Information Technologies Group. “Large hyperscale sites that help maintain the public cloud, enterprise or co-located sites that support business, and new capacities for edge data centers all need excellence in installation and integration. With the potential of incorrectly installed equipment that could result in a system outage and business downtime, there is growing concern regarding the quality of installation and the qualification of the installers for data centers.”

Mr. Jilani added, “To help mitigate risks and advance performance as well as safety in data centers, UL has developed the DCIQ program that offers the industry a trustworthy and recognizable qualification program that identifies and qualifies system integrators and their staff.”

Immersion Cooling Technology

The growing demand placed on data centers has resulted in greater heat dissipation from the equipment employed, raising worries about fast rising energy usage, according to UL. To address these issues, UL created a new UL certification scheme for immersion cooling technology used in data centers containing information technology (IT), server, and computer equipment.

Immersion cooling, which refers to the process of immersing racks and/or entire servers in a thermally, but not electrically, conducting liquid, has become increasingly popular as data centers grow in size and scope throughout the world (dielectric coolant). Because dielectric fluids transmit heat more effectively than air, immersion cooling with dielectric fluids has shown to be more successful at cooling than prior approaches. The Immersion Cooling Program from UL would ensure that electric and fire safety work in tandem with innovation, and that the system and its fluids meet all applicable standards.

“With the potential of incorrectly installed equipment that could result in a system outage and business downtime, there is growing concern regarding the quality of installation and the qualification of the installers for data centers,” said Ibrahim Jilani, global director of UL’s Consumer, Medical and Information Technologies Group.

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