Too much heat may continue to be a problem for IT equipment

This year’s record high temperatures have cause problems for data centres struggling to keep IT equipment cool.

According to Wired, this is likely to be an ongoing problem due to global warming and climate change.

Data centres, it says need to adjust to a new normal and to build in temperature control mechanisms to cope.

According to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) it says, “there’s a 93 percent chance that one year between now and 2026 will be the hottest on record. Nor will that be a one-off.”

Many data centres, such as those for banks, have been in existence for years and they are likely to be particularly vulnerable to the need for updated colling systems.

One suggestion is to switch from air colling systems to liquid ones.

“Liquid cooling technology offers a more practical solution. Data centers are currently in an era of air-based cooling, but liquid cooling—where liquid is passed by equipment, transferring the heat and syphoning it away—could be a better way to keep temperatures down.”