Liquid Cooling

If you have a private cage, liquid cooling equipment may be allowed in your colocation space to support next-generation processors that require liquid cooling for optimal performance.

A liquid-to-air heat exchanger is a device used to dissipate the heat generated by electronic equipment. The heat exchanger circulates a cooling liquid (such as water or refrigerant) through a heat-transferring surface in close proximity to the equipment. The heat is transferred from the equipment to the liquid, which then carries the heat back to the heat exchanger, where it is dissipated into the air by a fan.

With direct-to-chip (D2C) cooling, the heat-transferring surface operates on or near the surface of the silicon chip. This maximizes heat dissipation, allowing processors to operate more efficiently than those cooled by air-to-air heat exchange.

Requirements for Using Liquid-to-Air Cooling

  • Your colocation space must be a private cage (not a shared space).

  • You must provide the in-rack cooling equipment. It must be a self-contained liquid-to-air heat exchanger that sits inside the cabinet and does not pass coolant liquid to other cabinets.

  • The equipment must use non-flammable, non-combustible coolant such as DI treated water or PG25.

  • You must provide to Equinix:

    • The spec sheet and manual for your liquid-to-air (L2A) heat exchanger.

    • The Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for the coolant.

If you can meet the requirements above, contact your CSM or Sales Engineer to review and sign the terms and conditions for using liquid cooling in your cage.

Note: If you do not meet the requirements above, contact us to discuss other liquid cooling solutions.