From climate control to containment to keeping up with industry standards, there's a lot to know about cooling your data center floor while still operating efficiently and minimizing downtime. Here's a guide to maintaining the right balance.
As rack densities increase in server rooms, IT equipment is at a higher risk of overheating, failing, and having a subsequent outage if proper cooling is not consistently available. Small to mid-sized data centers face a much higher risk during a CRAC outage or maintenance window if they do not have a backup cooling system. In addition to that risk, moving equipment in a server room can create unforeseen hot spots that put data at risk. Spot cooling can provide temporary cooling solutions to data centers and colocations during a high-risk period or CRAC outage.
What good are the best tools in the world if you're not using them? Not much. When it comes to power consumption in your data center, these are some of the best tools to understand what's really going on.
Microsoft has filed a patent application for an Artificial Reef Datacenter. The patent details deploying an entire server farm underwater that is enclosed by a permanent surrounding structure which doubles as an artificial reef. The patent has several provisions to promote marine life occupancy. Microsoft plans to use sustainable energy to power the data center while using seawater to naturally cool the space.
Research and development teams use IT equipment in their labs to develop hardware, software, and apps. The equipment has the same requirements of space, power, and cooling whether it is housed in a commercial lab or a data center, such as Digital Realty. If the electronics lab is housed in a space other than a data center, then the lab manager could be losing money on cooling and powering to maintain the space.
While the overall flexibility is crucial in engineering labs, there are some data center practices that can be implemented in labs to lower operating expenses.
Data center densities are on the rise, meaning the days of the 6kW rack are numbered. Solutions such as hot/cold aisle containment and CRACs will help keep your costs - and temperatures - down.