Cooling Options in Data Centers

Modern IT loads pose challenges to traditional cooling architecture. High density, dynamic load variation require intelligent cooling systems in order to maintain high availability and efficiency. As compute moves to the edge, cooling at edge container and manufacturing floor control panels adds an additional level of complexity with environmental controls. Cooling data centers and overall mission critical environments still account for about 30% of the overall IT energy bill. You need to have the right cooling infrastructure strategy with flexibility and stability in mind in order to accommodate technology changes.

Key Industry challenges, inefficiencies due to lack of maintenance data analytics and aging devices: 

  • Wasted energy costs due to the use of inefficient devices  

  • Older and varied equipment driving increased costs and management of excessive parts inventories 

  • Inefficient maintenance expenditures:

    •  40% of scheduled maintenance costs are spent on assets with   negligible effect on uptime failures 

    •  30% of maintenance activities are carried out too frequently 

    •  45% of all maintenance efforts are ineffective 

  • Service teams restricted by a lack of real time system operation status, leading to increased production down time due to unforeseen faults and failures 

You need to develop the right cooling infrastructure  and monitoring strategy with flexibility and stability in mind to accommodate these technology and operational challenges. 

It’s critical to incorporate smart technology such as AI, Machine Learning and Modern IoT Interfaces and other environmental monitoring tools into you cooling strategy to ensure you consistently measure temperature data and other environmental factors  and deliver the right amount of cooling based off that data in a reliable.  

By selecting efficient device and managing cooling systems can help reduces your carbon footprint by 75%, and your may eligible for energy rebates from a state agency.  

Your cooling strategies have many options  ranging from air, coolant and water.  Example:  

  • Aisle containment and other airflow management best practices: channels air right to the IT equipment (up to 20kW per rack) 

  • Rear door cooling (HPC): for power loads exceeding 20kW 

  • Edge computing: all in one enclosure with in-rack cooling 

  • Types of Cooling Solution: Perimeter, In-row, High Density Rack Cooling Systems (HPC), Ultrasonic Humidification, Portable and In-Rack Cooling 

Types of Cooling Solutions:

  • Inrow Cooling

  • Perimeter Cooling

  • High Density Rack Cooling Systems

  • Immersion Cooling Systems

  • Free Cooling

  • InRack Cooling

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