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Sentilla Raises $15m, Targets Computing Efficiency

Sentilla, which makes efficiency software for data centers, has raised $15 million in its third round of funding.

SingTel Innov8, the venture capital arm of a Singapore telecoms company, now owns 23.4 percent of Sentilla after joining existing investors, Green Tech Media reports.

Sentilla’s software monitors and manages power consumption in data center equipment including servers, storage devices and air conditioning. But Sentilla is shifting its focus from analyzing data centers’ energy efficiency to monitoring their overall computing efficiency, Green Tech Media says.

Sentilla’s chief technology officer Joe Polastre, writing for Environmental Leader in 2009, said cooling would not be a major contributor to data center costs in five years. “In fact, in five years, the temperature in a typical data center will be at least five degrees warmer than it is today,” Polastre said.

“Computer servers are being built to handle the heat. Adaptive cooling approaches keep the hot spots in check. Some data centers are simply opening the windows to let fresh air do the cooling. It’s now much easier to keep equipment at precisely the right temperature, allowing the data center manager to get back to focusing on IT—the reason they are there in the first place,” Polastre added.

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