UII UPDATE 223 | Q4 2023
Intelligence Update

DLC will not come to the rescue of data center sustainability

Jacqueline Davis
11 Dec 2023
9 min read

A growing number of data center operators and equipment vendors are anticipating the proliferation of direct liquid cooling systems (DLC) over the next few years. As far as projections go, Uptime Institute’s surveys agree: the industry consensus for the mainstream adoption of liquid-cooled IT converges on the latter half of the 2020s (see Direct liquid cooling shows promise, but challenges persist).

DLC systems, such as cold plate and immersion, have already proved themselves in technical computing applications as well as mainframe systems for decades. More recently, IT and facility equipment vendors, together with some of the larger data center operators, have started working on commercializing DLC systems for much broader adoption.

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