Mission critical data center operations typically require significant amounts of water and energy for cooling, and hyper-scale server rack power density is expected to double as soon as 2023. Many cloud providers are prioritizing investments that improve their environmental sustainability and making climate pledges specific to decarbonization. For these reasons and others,

Johnson Controls — via its Silent-Aire brand — is bringing to market a platform intended to conserve water and reduce energy consumption, including air-cooled chillers, liquid cooling, combination air handler units, future-ready refrigerants and prefabricated modular data centers.

Johnson Controls says its Silent-Aire is the industry's first hyperscale data center platform focused on helping cloud providers meet sustainability targets. A 2021 survey conducted by Forrester Consulting commissioned by and developed in collaboration with Johnson Controls, “The Race to Decarbonization: A Spotlight on Data Centers,” found that nearly half of the data center decision-makers surveyed have indicated that they plan to reduce energy consumption across their portfolio by at least 50 percent by an average reported target date of 2024.