Ceiling panels and doors enclose the hot aisle between rows of cabinets so that warm exhaust air can be separated and returned to the cooling system. Implement a data center containment strategy where cold supply air from cooling units is separated from the hot exhaust air from IT equipment.
This will enable a uniform, stable supply air temperature and warmer, drier return air. The result is that your CRAH/CRACs will only cool the hot air in the data center so they can operate at maximum efficiency.
There are a variety of containment options, including:
Global data center energy consumption is so massive, that if all the data center sites in the world were a country, they would rank as the 5th largest energy consumer.
With such large amounts of data center energy consumption, many organizations are pioneering new ways to increase energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and decrease operating costs.
Data centers around the world are at the forefront of reducing their environmental impact, driving a new era of sustainability. More and more data centers deserve attention for their innovations. These data centers have some of the best Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metrics in the world and are proactively taking steps to mitigate any potential environmental impact.
A few examples of data centres achieving recognition include:
LinkedIn’s flagship data center features rear door heat exchanges to support rack densities up to 32 kW and drive containment to the cabinet level, meaning there are no hot or cold aisles.
The facility runs on 100% renewable power and, instead of using energy to create cold air, it gets free cooling by using an advanced water side economizer that communicates with outside air sensors to leverage Oregon’s naturally cool climate.
Project Natick is an underwater data center that can be ordered to size, rapidly deployed, and operate lights out on the sea floor to deliver high-speed cloud services to coastal cities.
Every five minutes, DeepMind collects data from thousands of environmental sensors, feeds it into neural networks that predict how different combinations of potential actions will affect energy consumption, identifies the ideal actions, and sends them to the data center, where the local system verifies and implements them.
The organizations listed above have made it a top priority to maximize energy efficiency in their data centers.
Reduce Data Center Energy Consumption with Tri-Paragon’s Sunbird DCIM Software
For data center managers who wish to follow their example to save energy and reduce expenses, Sunbird’s Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software is critical for driving efficient behavior. You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and DCIM provides the monitoring and intelligence you need to be smarter about your energy usage.
The Sunbird DCIM Software measures energy usage, automatically calculates PUE to gauge the effectiveness of green initiatives, creates customer billback reports to encourage efficiency, avoids wasting energy on overcooling by showing ASHRAE compliance, and identifies power profiles for each device to easily locate and replace power hogs.