Organizations of all types are continuously relying more on their IT infrastructure and data center teams to achieve more. Because of this, the need for larger facilities and infrastructure capable of handling both current and future demands looms large. Data center managers are usually the ones challenged with finding ways to move towards, and operate these IT environments. The biggest challenge facing these managers isn’t only planning for growth, but also on how to keep their current data centers running efficiently.
In response to this, data center managers and their teams have begun using various procedures to keep their facilities operating in the most efficient ways possible. One of the procedures many have taken a liking to, which is also a service provided by Technology Connection, is cold/hot aisle containment. This method of cooling has become widely accepted as a best practice for maximizing data center efficiency. The concept of physically separating cold and hot airflow in the data center makes sense, and at its face value aisle containment allows for an easy way to prevent the mixing of cold and hot airflow.
In reality, however, the containment infrastructure and design of a data center can make for a much more complicated process. Part of the difficulty when it pertains to airflow containment in the data center is that airflow often leaks throughout the server racks and aisles. When data center managers are able to learn and understand how their data center airflow is operating, they can assess the real-world impacts of airflow leakage. These all add up to one thing, costing data centers more money for the power and energy required to operate efficiently.
If you have any questions regarding airflow containment please feel free to reach out to Technology Connection. We specialize in this popular cooling method and will be able to help you understand exactly how to improve your own data center and create an environment that operates in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible.