The Cost of Data Center Cooling
June 23rd, 2011 By: Kevin Normandeau
Data center cooling is a constant issue in both initial design and evolution. But a greater issue is the expense in dealing with the challenge. Beyond the cost of buying, installing and power the CRACs (Computer Room Air Conditioning) units is the very real expense of consulting. Typical estimates put consulting fees between $40,000 and $80,000. This doesn’t include subsequent fees as the data center changes and needs to be reevaluated.
So what is the forward thinking, budget conscious, professional to do? Simple, make the proper one time investment into a proven analytics program. Software is now available at a fraction of consulting costs. CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis can forecast thermal problems from room level down to the individual PC board.
In Iceland they just keep the windows open… obviously people feel more comfortable with easy access to their data centre. but normally this is some sort of IT employee on a contract from an agency that gets sent down to sort out any issues. so whether he is in California or Nebraska probably wouldn’t make that much difference session with having large heat producing data centres in sunny and hot climes like California seems a bit bonkers to me. construct your next datacentre somewhere cold and eliminate the need for any air conditioning at all.