Airflow management and optimization are key in achieving a high level of cooling effectiveness and efficiency. Legacy data centers are especially suspect of poor airflow management as typically the site has evolved over a number of years, equipment types and rack layouts have changed and heat loads have continually increased. However, deploying containment in a legacy site can be one of the most significant steps taken to improve cooling operation and reduce cooling energy costs. The net result is deferral of the need to add more cooling capacity and making the site much more energy efficient.
Planning containment for a new build is quite straightforward. Rack positioning and geometry is consistent, return air paths are not encumbered with cable and power trays or other infrastructure.
Legacy sites offer a number of challenges for containment. Lengths of rack rows and heights and depth of racks vary meaning the containment needs to be flexible and a unique design. Existing infrastructure such as cable and power trays may need to be worked around. Fire detection and suppression systems will most likely need to be upgraded and added to.
SCTi, partnering with Polargy Inc, offers containment solutions for new builds and legacy sites. SCTi has the expertise to advise on which containment solution best meets the conditions of the site and we provide the engineering insight and design to ensure the containment solution optimizes airflow, maximizing cooling effectiveness and efficiency. We work with qualified contractors to ensure the implementation is seamless and delivers on the expected cooling improvements.
Whether you are considering a new build or retrofitting an existing site to improve cooling effectiveness, SCTi can provide a solution to meet your needs.