The Planet Isolates Its Air Flow

The Planet provides a detailed look at the new design for phase 3 its Dallas D6 data center, which isolates the hot and cold air using containment and a hot air return plenum.

The Planet is using chimney-style containment on racks in its new facility.

The Planet is using chimney-style containment on racks in its new Dallas data center. (Photo by The Planet).

The Planet has posted details of the new energy-efficient design for Phase 3 of its D6 data center in Dallas. The new design isolates the cold air and hot waste air, preventing the mixing that leads to inefficiency in many data centers. To accomplish this, The cool air from the computer room air conditioning (CRAC) unit goes into the cold aisle near the bottom of each equipment rack. Each of the racks is equipped with a  chimney-style containment system that vents the hot waste air directly into the ceiling plenum, where it is returned directly to the CRAC units.

The Planet has a detailed blog post with lots of photos providing a floor-to-ceiling overview of the process. There are additional pictures on The Planet's Flickr set.

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