Data Center Noise Pollution

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ComputerWorld had an interesting story last week that takes a deeper look at noise in the data center, particularly the “whoosh” created by cooling systems as they push air through the facility. Noise has become a fact of life in most data centers, and as a result is taken for granted by many data center managers. An excerpt:

Data center workers live with this noise. It’s part of the job, part of the culture. But there may be reason to start giving the noise issue more attention: data center consolidations and the adoption of high-density equipment – both big industry trends – are bringing more equipment and denser and hotter systems into data centers.

Some providers are taking steps to protect workers’ hearing. Dallas dedicated hosting company C I Host Inc. is providing data center workers with Bose noise-canceling headphones. “The noise – the pressure on their head, if you will – is very distracting and causes serious issues with [workers] being able to concentrate and do their jobs,” said Christopher Faulkner, CEO at C I Host.

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.