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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