Cooling Your Data Center

Laura Viars for blog By Laura Viars, Account Manager, Rackmount Solutions, Inc.

AC-FRONT_2501.  Improve Air Circulation Throughout The Room

Not all changes to your cooling approach will require massive adjustments or expensive purchases. The first step is to ensure proper air circulation within the cabinets, making sure that you have filler panels covering any open spaces within the cabinets and distributing your equipment within the cabinets to minimize hot spots.

For companies using large dedicated cooling systems, we recommend using spot coolers or relocating your most critical systems to the coolest area within your cabinets. Air circulation is important both inside cabinets and outside in the aisles, but you should also consider utilizing under-floor space.

If you have a raised floor in your data center, you can use the space underneath to generate cool air and feed it up into the data center. This can lessen the need for your dedicated cooling system to run at its maximum level throughout the summer with the added benefit of lowering your power consumption.  Also, have filler panels covering any open spaces within the cabinets and distributing your equipment within the cabinets to minimize hot spots.

2.  Have A Backup: Plan For Emergencies

In addition to purchased or rented portable air conditioning units, we recommend looking into redundant cooling solutions, which can kick on in case of failure somewhere else in the data center.

3.  Cost-Cutting Steps

In hotter months, data centers can expect an increase in energy costs, regardless of how efficient cooling is. However a simple step that can be taken is just to ensure that any equipment which is not currently being utilized is not running and generating heat.  In addition, turn off the lights when the room isn’t being occupied.  These simple steps  can save you from 1% to 3% of electric and heat load.

For information about Rackmount Cooling Solutions click here: http://www.rackmountsolutions.net/results.asp?terms=cooling+cabinets

 

Other articles by Laura Viars:

Lots of Cables?  There’s a Rack for You!

Cooling Your Data Center

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