The Cost of Data Center Cooling

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.

This Daat Research Whitepaper explains CFD in greater detail and illustrates how a major telecommunications company utilized the technology to optimize two data centers. Learn more.

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About the Author

Kevin Normandeau, is a veteran of the technology publishing industry having worked at a variety of technology sites including PC World; AOL Computing; Network World; and International Data Group (IDG). Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. When he is not in front of the computer (which is most of the time) he likes to get out to ski, hike and mountain bike.

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  1. 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.