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An efficient datacenter design can save companies money and ensure systems availability. The first step in reducing energy consumption and emissions is to understand the environment. A high …

An efficient datacenter design can save companies money and ensure systems availability. The first step in reducing energy consumption and emissions is to understand the environment. A high performance data center is not only good for the business, but an environmentally and socially responsible way to manage operations. Find out more from this presentation given by CEO of DP Air Corp, Arnie W. Evdokimo.

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  • 1. Datacenter Design:Key Components and Sound Strategies
  • 2. Datacenter designAn efficient datacenter design can reduce down-time, increases operational efficiency and cutsmaintenance costs. A good design also saves moneyby eliminating the need to expand or upgrade thefacility in the future. Industry analysts report datacenter managers are looking for solutions to reduceenergy costs and increase capacity to extend thefacility’s useful life.
  • 3. Datacenter design Key Components of Datacenter DesignFor a top performing data center, companies need to look at three key areas:Equipment. IT equipment accounts for the majority of power consumption. Asdatacenter design focuses more on “green” options, companies are focusing onenergy-efficient hardware and replacing older hardware.Newer equipment comes equipped with thermostatic fan control. By maintainingequipment so no dust accumulates in intake grills, companies can improvereliability. Data center managers should also ensure cabling is protected and allequipment is positioned to not block exhaust ports. Careful datacenter design canhelp eliminate equipment operational issues.
  • 4. Datacenter designAirflow. In proper datacenter design, air should flow from the airconditioning equipment through the IT equipment and back to the airconditioning equipment. However, airflow can take a couple other pathsthat produce undesirable effects.One example of improper airflow is when air flows from the airconditioning equipments outlet and back directly to the input. In thissituation, the air conditioning equipment does not provide adequatecooling and the total capacity is reduced.
  • 5. Datacenter design Another case involves the hot exhaust air exiting from ITequipment. The hot air being expelled into the datacentermust be re-circulated through the facility’s air conditionerand cooled. However, before it is re-circulated, some of thishot air may be returned to the IT equipment through its airintake vent. The recycling of hot exhaust air in this mannerreduces the effectiveness of the air conditioning equipmentand puts the IT equipment at risk of not being properlycooled.
  • 6. Datacenter designDatacenter design needs to manage airflow by isolating hotand cold air. By doing so, companies can save money oncooling. Equipment racks should be configured in such a wayto eliminate extra spaces and be aligned in a “hot aisle/coldaisle” design. Using this design technique ensures equipmentair intake comes from a “cold aisle” and exhaust air is pushedout into a “hot aisle.”
  • 7. Datacenter designTemperature. Just as heat can cause major issues,overcooling causes inefficiencies and is a common problem indatacenter design. The hot and cold air separationtechniques outlined in the previous section represent thestarting point to temperature control. The next step is tothoroughly understand the manufacturer’s specifications foreach piece of equipment.By adhering to the temperature requirements listed on datasheets, IT managers can avoid overcooling the facility. Byimproving energy efficiencies, companies can save money ondata center operations.
  • 8. Datacenter designDeveloping Sound Strategies for Datacenter DesignWhen designing or updating a data center, IT managers needto think about their future as well as current needs.Considerations should include company growth and whenupgrades are expected. With careful planning and use ofsophisticated tools, data center managers can understandequipment, airflow and temperature issues.
  • 9. Datacenter design An efficient datacenter design can save companies moneyand ensure systems availability. The first step in reducingenergy consumption and emissions is to understand theenvironment. A high performance data center is not onlygood for the business, but an environmentally and sociallyresponsible way to manage operations.
  • 10. About the AuthorArnie W. Evdokimo is Chief Executive Officer ofDP Air Corporation, a leading provider of datacenter design, build and maintenance servicesbased in Phoenix, Arizona.For more information about datacenterdesign, visit http://www.DPAir.com today.