HP has announced enhancements to its extensive energy-efficiency portfolio for the enterprise, including a first-of-its-kind thermal zone map for data centres and new customers and partners of the HP Dynamic Smart Cooling solution.

HP Thermal Zone Mapping enables customers to see a three-dimensional model of exactly how much and where data centre air conditioners are cooling. As a result, they can arrange and manage air conditioning for optimal cooling, increased energy efficiency and lower costs.
The capability is a patent-pending development from HP Labs, the company’s central research facility, and is part of the HP Thermal Assessment Services offering.
“HP’s Thermal Assessment Services for the data centre help customers deal with the major challenge of driving energy efficiency to lower operational costs,” says John McCain, senior vice-president and GM: HP Services. “Developed in conjunction with HP Labs, these services are another great example of how customers can use HP’s expertise in planning and deploying IT infrastructures to accelerate growth, lower costs and manage risk.”
Customers can reduce data centre cooling energy costs by up to 45 percent by using Thermal Zone Mapping and Dynamic Smart Cooling (DSC), an advanced hardware and software solution that continuously adjusts data centre air conditioning settings to direct where and when cooling is required. The DSC solution is based on real-time air temperature measurements from a network of sensors deployed on IT racks. HP is using Thermal Zone Mapping and DSC for its own data centre consolidation project.
HP Thermal Assessment Services use sophisticated modelling tools and techniques to determine the unique thermal conditions within a data centre. HP professionals recommend changes to optimise climactic conditions and reclaim capacity, postponing or even eliminating the need for costly mechanical upgrades.
HP offers three levels of Thermal Assessment Services:
* HP Thermal Quick Assessment Service – an entry-level assessment of the data centre cooling based on interviews with staff and HP observations of the data centre cooling environment;
* HP Thermal Intermediate Assessment Service – includes the quick service features plus two-dimensional thermal modelling of below-floor thermal conditions; and
* HP Thermal Comprehensive Assessment Service with three-dimensional Thermal Zone Mapping – includes features of intermediate service plus observations, thermal modelling results and recommendations for improvement to ensure that a proper cooling solution has been achieved.
The comprehensive assessment provides greater detail of thermal characteristics than previously possible by identifying the relative influence of each air conditioning unit. The information provided allows data centre managers to analyse “what if?” scenarios such as the impact of layout or infrastructure changes, or cooling capacity changes resulting from air conditioning unit failure. The service also makes it possible to identify appropriate settings for high computing demand time.
HP Thermal Assessment Services are part of the company’s Data Centre Solutions portfolio. HP Data Centre Solutions provide a full range of expert, custom assessment and site planning services to help customers evaluate their IT environment and understand how to use resources more efficiently.