Although fluorinated solvent cooling technology has many advantages, fluorinated solvent cooling also has its disadvantages. In addition to higher capital expenditures, it also requires IT staff and data center administrators to learn new skills and adopt a new management framework, which can be a daunting task.
This may also mean that the data center has to introduce new operators or technical consultants, thereby further weakening the advantages of operating costs. In addition, the fluorinated solvent cooling market is still maturing with a wide range of technologies, which leads to the risk of proprietary products and supplier lock-in.
One of the biggest challenges facing fluorinated solvent cooling technology is that in addition to its application in mainframes and supercomputers, this is an emerging industry. Therefore, it is difficult to measure which cooling technologies will become leaders, how to standardize these cooling technologies, or what will happen in four to five years.
With air cooling technology, organizations can know the field they want to enter, but its long-term application may be limited. Organizations that do not need to make a hasty decision may take a wait-and-see time and wait for the adoption of liquid cooling technology. Those organizations that have already felt its crisis may consider adopting a phased fluorinated solution cooling method.