The Demand Liquid Alliance is a response to the growing demand for liquid cooling in the datacenter. Density targets, efficiency mandates and the need for power reduction are forcing the IT community to take liquid cooling seriously and in order for the industry to be able to take full advantage of it, standards must be set.
The benefits of liquid cooling have been documented for years but there are a few things holding back wide spread adoption. For example, System Integrators build servers, infrastructure companies build racks and cooling containment, and facility managers spec the building requirements. Each of these very different players contributes to an overall solution but there has been little standardization on equipment other than rack dimensions and electrical connections.
By promoting a standard dry-break quick-connect coupling and manifold solution, rack manufacturers can feel confident that manifolds built into the rack, will support the cooling needs for a wide range of IT components. IT component manufacturers can likewise feel confident that since the manifold connections are built to a standard, their products will be compatible with a wide range of racks.
Enterprise customers and datacenter operators alike can preserve non-partisan choice of vendor when choosing the first server, the first rack or the hundredth and every replacement in-between. Competition is guaranteed, value to the customer is assured and IT design freedom is maintained. Through standardization, the promise of energy efficient liquid cooling can become a widespread reality.