Extending the Life of Your Data Center
October 25th, 2010 By: Kevin Normandeau
With the adoption of virtualization, cloud computing, high density computing and consolidation, many data centers have reached the upper limit of energy consumption. This leaves data center operators with essentially two choices: build or renovate. This white paper from Coolcentric looks at a series of cooling best practices that can help you extend the life of your current data centers.
New data centers built using performance-enhancing cooling (often fully-optimized air, liquid cooling or hybrid systems) have improved efficiency. But the cost to build a new data center is prohibitive. The second alternative is renovation. While renovation presents issues with improving existing space and operating a data center through a rebuilding project, retrofitting allows you to achieve what you want at a fraction of the cost.
Legacy data centers cab waste at least 50% of the energy they consume managing heat generated by IT systems. Furthermore, most legacy data centers have not been designed to utilize their maximum capabilities, best practices have not been implemented, and the cooling requirements of IT equipment have been considerably less than optimal. By implementing best practices and optimizing the performance of the existing air cooling infrastructure, data center operators can improve the performance of the specified cooling infrastructure to 70 percent efficiency.
This white paper offers a map on how to use passive liquid cooling options to increase cooling capacity without disrupting operations. Click here to download this free white paper on data center cooling.