SUMMER IN THE DATA CENTER

24. June 2008, 00:27 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Summer is once again upon us in the Northern hemisphere and with it elevated temperatures. While good for the beach and outdoor activities, it can be a major concern for data center operators. Air conditioning is a major concern at any time of the year but more so of an issue now as the outdoor ambient temperatures rise. There are some factors to take into account when providing cooling and maintaining stable operations as temperatures climb which can help alleviate much of the burden on power air conditioning and computer systems.

One of the first areas to consider is hardware. Consider utilizing blade servers and using virtualization to consolidate applications onto fewer systems, thus reducing power and needed cooling in the present while providing room for future expansion utilizing current capacity. Audit your current backup power systems and where appropriate replace older systems with newer, more efficient units. Also use blanking panels in racks to improve air flow and ducting efficiencies.

In larger data centers, using a row based cooling system with hot and cold aisles can provide increased savings in needed circulation and humidification systems. A room based system may still be more appropriate for the smaller server room. The air conditioning system should also be coordinated so that units in different sections are not working against each other in the overall configuration.

The proper use and placement of vented tiling and the choice of lighting, and it's on-off coordination can also offer significant power and cooling savings. Some careful planning can really pay off, not only in immediate cost savings, but increased return on investment due to increased equipment longevity.

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Keywords: data center,cooling,power,savings

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