LONDON, November 29, 2022 — Vertiv today introduced the Liebert XDU, a next-generation thermal management system that supports liquid-cooled servers and enables control of liquid quality, flow and pressure . As high-density computing applications such as data analytics and machine learning increase, rack densities and temperatures exceed the cooling capabilities of traditional air-cooled units and require more efficient and durable solutions. The Liebert XDU Coolant Distribution System enables the deployment of liquid-cooled server applications in any data center environment, from central IT sites to edge IT sites. The system is now available throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
“High-performance computing applications such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality are growing in popularity as data centers strive to reduce energy consumption and push the industry to find new, more sustainable solutions” , said Roberto Felisi, senior global director and EMEA business leader for thermal management, Vertiv. “Many colocation providers that traditionally relied on air cooling are now hosting applications with more powerful processors that require more efficient heat management solutions like liquid cooling. With the Vertiv Liebert XDU, our customers can meet the demand for high-density computing while improving their operational efficiency.
The Liebert XDU is an innovative liquid-to-liquid cooling distribution unit available in two capacities, 450 kW and a model capable of up to 1368 kW, circulating water through liquid-cooled server racks and rejecting heat return hot water. The system uses a closed water loop to prevent waste and is able to capture heat to use to heat nearby offices, homes or farms, supporting the circular economy. The Liebert XDU uses state-of-the-art integrated controls to vary pump speed to optimize feed water temperature and provide intelligent flow monitoring and alarms. The compact solution can be placed in the row near the rack it cools or along the perimeter of the room.
Vertiv developed the Liebert XDU in close collaboration with data center operators and server manufacturers, who deploy ultra-high density, high performance computing solutions more frequently in many types of data centers. The company has defined a strategic roadmap to improve thermal management technologies that enable the adoption of liquid cooling as part of its increased investment in research and development.
“Liquid cooling is not a new technology, but we now see a real opportunity in the market to offer more innovative thermal management solutions. The Liebert XDU solution provides the opportunity for Vertiv customers to introduce liquid cooling at the rack level and reap the environmental benefits,” said Jon Summers, Data Center Science Manager at RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden. “We look forward to supporting Vertiv’s R&D roadmap and combining their engineering excellence with RISE’s rigorous analytical and testing capabilities as part of our ongoing research partnership.” This will provide a deeper technical understanding of sustainable and efficient approaches for the data center industry.
Vertiv (NYSE: VRT) brings together ongoing hardware, software, analytics and services to enable its customers’ mission-critical applications to run continuously, perform optimally and grow with their business needs. Vertiv solves the biggest challenges facing today’s data centers, communications networks, and commercial and industrial facilities with a portfolio of power, cooling, and IT infrastructure solutions and services that extends from the cloud to the network edge. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, USA, Vertiv employs approximately 24,000 people and does business in more than 130 countries.
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