With summer now upon us and weather temperatures that will approach extremes—if they haven’t already. It’s important to know that your data will be safely protected and kept cool, so equipment can work at its highest level without uninterrupted activity, keeping your business moving full-speed ahead.
Air flow improves the data center efficiency by preventing the recirculation of hot air exhausted from IT equipment and reducing 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.
Overheating can cause reduced performance of servers and even damage equipment.
Recommended temperature settings by The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends that temperatures are between 68-77° F (20°-25° C). If equipment is overcooled in environments with humidity it can create a high amount of moisture which leads to salt deposits on conductive filaments in the circuitry.
Our data center 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.
Containment of hot/cold aisles and 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. In a raised floor setting, a range of under floor panels can be 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 to data centers. This is because a raised floor can allow 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.
If you would like to learn more about our data center facilities you can look at our information for Seattle, Redmond, Bellevue and Tacoma. If you feel our facilities are where you would like to collocate contact our sales team.