With summer upon us weather temperatures will approach the high double digits to triple digits—if they haven’t already. It’s important to know that your data will be kept cool and be safely protected, so equipment can work at its highest level without unexpected interruptions, keeping your business up and moving full-speed ahead.
Air flow improves the data center efficiency by preventing the recirculation of hot air that is exhausted from IT equipment and reduces bypass airflow. There are different types of air flow methods which can be used such as, hot/cold aisle containment and in-row cooling units and so on.
If overheating occurs it can reduce the performance of servers and potentially even damage equipment.
Recommended temperature settings by The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) states that temperatures need to between 68-77° F (20°-25° C). If equipment is overcooled in environments with humidity it can create a high amount of moisture that leads to salt deposits on conductive filaments in the circuitry.
Our multiple data center colocation facilities are all kept at 70° F degrees +/- 10° with 45% humidity. So, you can rest assured our data centers are kept cool so equipment is efficient and working at its highest level.
The containment of hot/cold aisles, taking the hot air from cabinets is designed to prevent cool and exhaust air from mixing in server rooms. Rows of cabinets are usually paired to face each other so cool air can reach the equipment, air intakes and warm air can be returned to the chiller with our mixing, with the cold air supply. The raised floor setting, has a range of under floor panels that are outfitted within the raised floor to create efficient cold air pathways.
Containment can also be a separation of the hot and cold aisles using blanking panels, PVC curtains or panel boards. There are several circumstances such as, server tolerance, temperature requests, etc. A cold aisle or a hot aisle can be contained.
Floor types can be extremely important for data centers. This is because a raised floor allows for air flow and under-floor cable management. Two floor types exist, a low-profile floor which is under 6” in height and standard a more traditional access floor over 6” in height.
To learn more about our multiple Puget Sound data center facilities look at our information for: South Hill, Seattle, Redmond, Bellevue and Tacoma. If you feel our facilities are where you would like to colocate contact our sales team or call 1-877-359-9263.