Vertiv’s White Papers Address Changing Data Center Infrastructure

Vertiv, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, released three new white papers addressing pressing data center infrastructure topics. The papers cover innovation in prefabricated modular design, strategies for non-raised floor cooling, and the potential for fuel cells as an alternative to traditional diesel generators.

As global data center operators build out increasingly complex, hybrid networks leveraging enterprise, cloud and edge applications to meet skyrocketing consumer demand, they must balance growth and the need to add capacity quickly with the corresponding increases in energy and water consumption. The new Vertiv white papers address these issues, and some strategies data center operators should consider going forward.

  • Water Cooling Solutions – For decades, the common wisdom has been that data center owners needed to use raised floor environments to enable more efficient cooling of technology. Yet, data centers are densifying – placing more compute in tightly packed places to support big-data analytics and other digital workloads. That’s creating new burdens for cooling systems, which must protect these hot-running, often mission-critical, workloads. Read Chilled Water Data Center Cooling for Non-Raised Floor Applications to learn more.
  • Prefabricated Modular Data Centers – Vertiv expects a continuing shift toward more environmentally friendly infrastructure in the form of prefabricated modular data center designs. Standardization – ranging from modular components, such as power and cooling modules and skids, to full-fledged prefabricated facilities – will become the default approach not just for the enterprise, but also hyperscale and the edge of the network. Read The Next Step in Prefabrication: Hybrid Design in Hyperscale Data Centers in its entirety to learn more. In 2022, Vertiv was recognized as a Sample Vendor for micro data center solutions in two Gartner Hype Cycle reports for Edge Computing and Midsize Enterprises, and in the Gartner report, Emerging Tech Impact Radar: Communications.
  • Better Fuel Efficiencies – As hyperscalers seek greater speed and efficiencies, they will consider hydrogen fuel cells as a promising alternative to diesel generators. Vertiv is taking a leading role in advancing the effective use of fuel cells to enable operators to achieve their carbon-neutral goals. Read Evaluating the Potential of Fuel Cells for Data Center Power to learn more.

“Vertiv is constantly on the lookout for changes that will improve energy efficiency, operational effectiveness, safety, profitability, and provide a competitive edge,” said Tony DeSpirito, vice president of the global alliance at Vertiv. “We are happy to share this research with data center professionals to help them to understand the trends and strategies that can impact their efficiency, effectiveness and speed to market.”

Vertiv announced its top data center trends for 2023 in November, with predictions including increased regulation; wide-spread adoption of modular and prefabricated infrastructure; use of alternatives to diesel generators; liquid cooling for high-density racks applications; and a focus on edge infrastructure to support the latency and density challenges of 5G and the metaverse.

For more information on 2023 industry trends and the complete Vertiv portfolio of solutions for data center and communication networks, visit