Do You Prefer Hot Aisle or Cold Aisle Containment?

by Mike Rinaldi on 4/22/13 1:41 PM

Separating the hot and cold air in a data center is one of the keys to improving energy efficiency.  Containment systems don't have to be fancy or expensive.  Containment systems have been in use at least since 2004, but there's an ongoing debate about whether it is best to contain the hot aisle or cold aisle.  

Do you use containment in your data center?  If so, do you contain the hot aisle or cold aisle?"


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Topics: data center infrastructure, Data Center, data center design, kW per rack, data center energy, data center infrastructure management, PUE, Containment, efficient data center, DVL, reduce downtime, enclosure, CIO

Rack Enclosures: More Than Furniture?

by Mike Rinaldi on 2/7/13 10:24 AM

How do you chose your data center rack systems?

Rack systems are strategic assets that play a key role in system uptime and data center availability and reliability. They can be counted on to be flexible and adaptive to accommodate rapid change. They can accommodate monitoring systems that can enhance the management of the data center ecosystem. They are, in short, a vital component of any data center.

The white paper notes that racks are now available that improve equipment installation speed via tool-less, “slide in, slide out” procedures. Taller racks take advantage of the data center’s headroom, while rack depth has increased to accommodate equipment. Side breathing needs have increased rack width to meet new manufacturers’ specifications and to enhance equipment performance and life through hot-aisle/cold-aisle arrangements.

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Topics: rack, Emerson Network Power, Data Center, kW per rack, data center infrastructure management, DVL, electrical distribution, enclosure

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