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Competitive vendor landscape driving data enter cooling market
Tue, 16th Feb 2016
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Competition in the global data center cooling market is heating up, according to new research from Technavio, who says the number of vendors offering innovative cooling solutions for data centers is contributing to the race.

“Many vendors have forged long-term partnerships with enterprises for the installation of modern cooling systems in data centers,” explains Rakesh Kumar Panda, a lead data center analyst at Technavio.

The analyst firm has put together its top 11 vendors in the global data center cooling solutions space that it expects to impact the market from 2016 to 2020.


3M was incorporated in 1929 and is headquartered in Minnesota, US. The company is involved in the manufacturing and marketing of products related to businesses such as electronics and energy, safety and graphics, healthcare, and consumer.

As of December 2014, the company reported total revenue of USD 31.82 billion, operating through 88 manufacturing facilities across 30 states in the US and 127 manufacturing and converting facilities in 38 countries worldwide.


4energy was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Nottingham, UK. The company provides low energy cooling solutions and energy management solutions for companies worldwide.

The company offers many data center cooling solutions, one of which is the COOLflow, which is a free air-based cooling system with a no-maintenance air filter designed for telecommunications cabins, shelters, and other equipment rooms. The company's latest offering is the COOLflow 3 series with modular design for easy upgrades.

Alfa Laval

Alfa Laval was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Lund, Sweden. The company develops, manufactures, and markets products and solutions for heat transfer, separation, and fluid handling. Its products cater to industries involved in the production of chemicals, starch, paper, metals, sugar, and ethanol.

The company holds more than 2,000 patents and operates in 100 countries with 42 production units. As of December 2014, they had 18,000 employees worldwide and reported a net revenue of USD 5.13 billion.

Black Box

Black Box was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Pennsylvania, US. The company is a technology solutions provider that designs, builds, manages, and secures IT infrastructure worldwide. They also provide services for IT infrastructure and specialty networking and offer solutions in partnership with Avaya, Cisco, CommScope, Mitel, NEC, ShoreTel, and Unify.

Daikin Applied

Daikin Applied was founded in 1924 as Daikin McQuay. The company is headquartered in Minnesota, US. The company manufactures and markets HVAC systems worldwide and operates as a subsidiary of Daikin Industries.

The company offers products under categories, including air handlers, rooftop systems, integrated systems, fan coils, modular central plants, coils, self-contained systems, water source heat pumps, unit ventilators, condensing units, and controls.


Eaton was established in 1911 and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. The company provides power management services and serves end-markets, including agriculture and forestry, aviation, construction, data centers, government and military, healthcare, mining, and oil and gas.

As of December 2014, the company had around 102,227 employees and a wide network of distributors in more than 175 countries.


ebm-papst was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Connecticut, US. The company manufactures and sells fans, blowers, and air movers for the IT and telecom, HVAC, refrigeration, household appliances, industrial, automotive and rail technology, and medical markets. They operate as a subsidiary of ebm-papst Mulfingen.

In FY2014, the company had 11,701 employees and had 18 production sites and 57 sales offices.

Emerson Network Power

Emerson Network Power is headquartered in Ohio, US. The company provides critical infrastructure technologies and life cycle services for information and communications technology systems. They operate as a subsidiary of Emerson Electric.

The company's data center segment offers equipment-based services, including emergency response and repair, equipment upgrade, predictive and preventive maintenance, remote monitoring, and startup services. In addition, they offer professional services such as arc flash solutions and services, electrical assessment, commissioning, DCIM, IT deployment, and turnkey project management services.


Rittal was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Herborn, Germany. The company designs, manufactures, and sells systems used for enclosures, power distribution, climate control, and IT infrastructure products. The company also offers system accessories and software and services.

The company offers solutions under categories such as cooling, power, security rooms and safes, server racks and network cabinets, monitor and management, and fast turnkey solutions.

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric was founded in 1836 and is headquartered in Rueil-Malmaison, France. The company develops and markets electrical products and integral solutions for energy management.

As of December 2014, the company had 167,124 employees. The company reported net revenues of USD 31.08 billion and USD 33.15 billion in FY2013 and FY2014, respectively.

STULZ Air Technology Systems

STULZ Air Technology Systems is headquartered in Maryland, US. The company manufactures and sells air-conditioning systems for data centers worldwide. Their major product offerings are categorized under precision air, retrofit and replacement, ultrasonic humidification, and dehumidification.