Posted by Gaw Technology on 9/29/2015 to Data Center Topics
There's no question that data
center managers must incorporate air flow management systems to ensure optimal
performance of their equipment. Servers that are facing greater storage and
performance demands than ever before can overheat very quickly. According to Data Center Knowledge,
servers need inlet air temperatures between 66°F and 77° F to function
properly. This means that the volume of cooling air required is approximately
160 cubic feet per minute (CFM) per kilowatt (kW) for rack-mount servers and
120 CFM per kW for blade servers.
order to achieve this, data center managers must have airflow management
systems that prevent the mixing of hot and cool air, which will ensure less
energy is wasted and save on cooling costs as well. Well-designed containment
can easily offset the energy costs required to cool your data center. However,
airflow management and containment is not a cookie cutter solution. Each data
center will require its own customized solution, which is why Gaw Technology
offers four different options for cooling and airflow management to meet our
first line of defense against air mixing is a rack air containment system.
Gaw Technology delivers top-level rack containment solutions. Our patented heat
containment system (HCS) mitigates any heat from escaping and releases it right
back to the computer room air conditioning unit (CRAC) for effective data
center cooling. Depending on your data center arrangement, we may also
recommend airflow managers for switches and network devices or our HCS Airflow
Manager to ensure optimal fan operation. Finally, an affordable solution that
works for rack containment is blanketing panels, which can improve air
circulation within an enclosure.
goal for aisle containment is to close off any escape routes for cool or hot
air to mix. This is done through several solutions. The first is End of Row
Doors, which can contain the air in an aisle to prevent it from leaking out and
remove any oversupply of cold air when necessary. Air containment ceilings and
walls are another viable option that can help improve aisle containment.
Finally, if your data center is very dense with equipment, we may point you in
the direction of an Independent Containment System (ICS), a freestanding
hardware that has been shown to significantly improve aisle containment.
solution that we offer is an in-row cooling system that can prevent air mixing
and effectively cool servers. In-row cooling systems are perfect for hot
spot cooling in smaller data centers. They can be placed directly where IT
equipment is its hottest, making them incredibly efficient. They are also very
affordable. Companies that have a tight budget may not have the funds available
to completely overall its data center's cooling system. In-row cooling systems
are highly adaptable and address any hot spots directly. Additionally, if a
unit fails, the row is affected rather than the entire data center, making it
much easier to troubleshoot.
we offer several room containment solutions for macro level airflow management.
When combined with rack and aisle air containment solutions, these room
containment strategies can further optimize efficiency. One solution we offer
is CRAC Collars for downflow systems, which can help control inlet air
temperatures and reduce energy costs. Another is a raised floor grommet. Raised
floor grommets allow cables to enter enclosures without letting air escape.
you have questions about air containment, we encourage you to contact us today.
We specialize in cabinets and racks for data centers of all sizes, and we can
help you determine the right strategy to maximize cooling efficiency without
raising your energy costs. Contact
us today to learn more.