The Ideal Intake Temperature for IT Equipment – And Why it Matters

It’s a common misconception that data centers need to be kept freezing cold. In fact, manufacturers recommend IT equipment intake air temperatures at, or slightly above, room temperature for maximum reliability, availability and performance – as high as 80.6º F (27º C). (You will find that temperature recommendations vary somewhat depending on the type of data center, equipment and cooling methods employed. Based on industry guidelines from ASHRAE, the recommendations listed in this document are appropriate for the majority of small to mid-size, mixed-use data centers we encounter.)
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Why Rack Cooling Efficiency Matters

Did you know that cooling makes up around 40% of total data center operating costs? In most cases, rack cooling best practices can increase the efficiency of the overall IT infrastructure without breaking the bank.


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As Computing Demand Heats Up, So Do Data Centers

14-02-216-2Many data centers start out as a few racks in a computer room or network closet. As computing needs grow – driven by factors ranging from business expansion to VoIP to virtualization – more equipment and higher wattages are packed into each rack, often without following a master plan. More equipment means more power consumption and more heat. At the same time, disorderly growth leads to haphazard rack layouts and unmanaged airflow. The result is a cobbled-together environment characterized by cooling inefficiencies.


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Cooling a Network Wiring Closet

Wiring closets are an integral part of a company’s network. They house network and telecom equipment such as servers, switches and hubs used to connect branch offices and other remote locations to the main distribution frame (MDF).

These small spaces are generally not ideal environments for IT and networking equipment. While some wiring closet locations are planned to house IT equipment, many of them just evolve into network closets over time due to company and/or network growth demands. Because they aren’t designed to house IT equipment, they often lack the ventilation and cooling necessary for equipment to function properly and safely. Even minor temperature changes can affect network reliability, so it’s imperative that these closets maintain safe operating temperatures. [Read more…]

Reduce Excessive Noise Levels in Small Server Rooms

IT managers are often concerned about excessive noise in server rooms and network closets, particularly when the room doubles as an office or the space was not originally designed to hold IT equipment. Inadequate cooling is sometimes the culprit. When servers are too warm their cooling fans run at a higher RPM, and this creates noise. [Read more…]