University of Florence
Cooling power is often represented as a single taxed cost on the total energy consumption of the data center. Some estimates go as far as 50% of the total energy demand. However, this view is rather simplistic in the presence of a multitude of cooling options and optimizations. In response to the rising cost of energy, the industry introduced modular design in the form of containers to serve as the new building block for data centers. However, it is still unclear how efficient they are compared to raised-floor data centers and under what conditions they are preferred.