Data Center Noise Pollution

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.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large 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.