September 28th, 2009 By: Rich Miller
Whether using free cooling or chillers, chilled air needs to find an efficient path to the servers to do its job. Separating cool supply air and warm exhaust air is a key data center efficiency strategy. This photo shows the interior of Microsoft’s Dublin data center, including server pods featuring a hot aisle containment system using a fixed structure, with the cabinets housed in a fitted opening in the side. The hot aisle enclosure has a entrance (green end door) for admin access.