Extending the life of your data center

Given the heat wave so much of the country is experiencing (deepest sympathy to those readers in Richmond, VA that may experience a heat index of 118 degrees today); we had an itch to talk about cooling. That is, cooling in the data center.

Did you know that legacy data centers waste at least 50% of the energy they consume managing heat generated by IT systems? Most data centers are not new; they are housed in buildings that are using practices that could be 20 years old and have not yet caught up with the latest trends.

Fully populated racks can dissipate as much as 7–25 kW of heat per rack. High-end servers can dissipate more than 40 kW per rack. This level of density requires data centers to provide power and cooling densities that exceed typical current capabilities.

Furthermore, most legacy data centers have not been designed to use their maximum capabilities, best practices have not been implemented, and the cooling methods of IT equipment have been considerably less than optimal. This has created a common situation, as identified by the Uptime Institute, where data centers consume 2.0 to 2.6 times the cooling required by the IT equipment, thus wasting energy and power and further reducing the amount of IT that can be housed in the structure.

By implementing best practices and optimizing the performance of the existing air cooling infrastructure, data center operators can improve the performance of the specified cooling infrastructure to 70% efficiency. The question data center owners must ask themselves is if their current air cooling is acceptable at 70% or if they can continue to sustain that performance as computing technologies push power and cooling beyond their current requirements.

What can operators expect from their environment if cooling requirements exceed 12 kW to up to 25 kW per rack? Read our entire Extending the Life of Your Data Center white paper.

Or, check out our storage technologies to help keep IT equipment cool and to cut rack power and cooling costs by as much as 50%. Nothing cools like chilled water!

Did you know you can reduce your utility bills in other ways, too? Eight ways to reduce power consumption.


One Response

  1. Will the use of to much energy really sum up of heating the environment? If this would be the case any insights that might help us in order to lessen this heating and might also help us in how to effectively cool down our data centers?

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