Rittal, a manufacturer of racks and enclosures, has agreed to carry a line of Stulz chillers and cooling systems.
Stulz’s liquid-based chillers, free-cooling devices, and other chillers will be combined with Rittal’s IT enclosures and power supplies, as well as DCIM software and monitoring, in this joint venture. The two companies will work together to develop customized end-to-end solutions that provide global lifetime support, DCIM, tracking, and other services.
The use of a one-stop data center package is rising in popularity. Since hyperscalers and other customers need to build and outfit facilities rapidly, the industry is turning to modular approaches, in which cooling and power delivery are combined with racks (and IT) before construction.
Both companies are about 80 years old and have specialties in the IT business, making them natural partners. Stulz began in household appliances but rapidly expanded into air cooling for computer rooms in the 1970s as part of the Friedhelm Loh Party. Friedhelm Loh and Jurgen Stulz, both members of the Loh family, lead both businesses.
Prof. Friedhelm Loh, owner and CEO of Friedhelm Loh Group, said, “Rittal and Stulz are both family-run businesses with a dedication to creativity and customer centricity.” “By working together, we will provide an even broader range of scalable, end-to-end data center solutions to our customers.”
Rittal does have its own cooling systems, which are part of the alliance, and it has previously signed deals with other cooling companies for niche markets, such as its two-phase liquid cooling contract with ZutaCore for high-performance computing.
Meanwhile, Stulz has entered the cabinet market, manufacturing its own Micro DC Edge computing module with CoolIT liquid cooling.
Customers of Rittal should be able to choose from a wider range of conventional options, including free cooling and adiabatic technology, as a result of the collaboration.
Individual racks, containers, clustered data centers or Edge facilities, as well as cloud and hyperscale data center’s, are all on the table. According to the release, data center builders will be able to choose from Rittal RiMatrix Next Generation (NG) racks and cabinets, as well as power supply systems and Stulz cooling systems.
“We will ensure rapid, efficient IT system implementation in partnership with Rittal, backed by an agile, global service organization with a presence in over 120 countries,” says Jürgen Stulz, managing director of Stulz GmbH.