TREND: Will Datacenters Adopt New Voltage Standards?
bySiggy6202-21-201108:51 AM - edited 02-22-201101:53 PM
As I travel around the world I've had the good fortune to interact with some very bright people and see numerous innovative ways to approach power distribution. From different paralleling schemes to unique uses of PDUs at the rack level; what continues to elude me is the direction data centers are heading relative to voltage.
I've seen numerous articles discussing a possible North American migration from 480V to 400V. Much of the rest of the world is already distributing 400V, but this does not stop data center owners globally from wrestling with the same questions about voltage and distribution.
What is the "voltage dilemma"?
As we look for "green" solutions and ways to reduce the cost of operating a data center, it seems like the "voltage dilemma" is gaining awareness.
I'd like to hear from those that follow this blog, your thoughts:
Is there a "voltage dilemma"?
Are you looking for manufacturers to address the issue?
Are you doing something in your data center that solves the "voltage dilemma"?
Or is this just another passing fad given the high cost of energy today?