Maintaining the best data center cooling often relies on finding a containment solution that fits the specific needs of your server room. Data center containment can reduce the airflow requirement to IT equipment and improve cooling efficiency. Most data centers and colocations have adopted either Hot Aisle Containment or Cold Aisle Containment. As rack densities increase, containment solutions at the cabinet level are proving to be more efficient and easier to install in some server rooms.
There are different options to be aware of when it comes to aisle containment. Depending on the specific data center, some will use cold aisle containment, while others will use hot aisle containment. Partial aisle containment is an option that improves cooling efficiency within the aisles of the server room and does not require massive modifications to the existing fire mitigation system
Hot aisle/cold aisle is a layout design for server racks and other computing equipment in a data center. The goal of a hot aisle/cold aisle configuration is to conserve energy and lower cooling costs by managing airflow. Both hot-aisle and cold-aisle containment provide significant energy savings over traditional uncontained configurations. Take this quiz from Instor and test your knowledge of containment.