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An efficient datacenter design can save companies money and ensure systems availability. The first step in reducing energy consumption and emissions is to understand the environment. A high performance data center is not only good for the business, but an environmentally and socially responsible way to manage operations. Find out more from this presentation given by CEO of DP Air Corp, Arnie W. Evdokimo. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Datacenter Design - DP Air


1
Datacenter Design Key Components and Sound
Strategies
2
Datacenter design
  • An efficient datacenter design can reduce
    down-time, increases operational efficiency and
    cuts maintenance costs. A good design also saves
    money by eliminating the need to expand or
    upgrade the facility in the future. Industry
    analysts report data center managers are looking
    for solutions to reduce energy costs and increase
    capacity to extend the facilitys useful life.

3
Datacenter design
  • Key Components of Datacenter Design
  • For a top performing data center, companies need
    to look at three key areas
  •  
  • Equipment. IT equipment accounts for the
    majority of power consumption. As datacenter
    design focuses more on green options, companies
    are focusing on energy-efficient hardware and
    replacing older hardware.
  •  
  • Newer equipment comes equipped with thermostatic
    fan control. By maintaining equipment so no dust
    accumulates in intake grills, companies can
    improve reliability. Data center managers should
    also ensure cabling is protected and all
    equipment is positioned to not block exhaust
    ports. Careful datacenter design can help
    eliminate equipment operational issues.

4
Datacenter design
  • Airflow. In proper datacenter design, air
    should flow from the air conditioning equipment
    through the IT equipment and back to the air
    conditioning equipment. However, airflow can
    take a couple other paths that produce
    undesirable effects.
  •  
  • One example of improper airflow is when air
    flows from the air conditioning equipments outlet
    and back directly to the input. In this
    situation, the air conditioning equipment does
    not provide adequate cooling and the total
    capacity is reduced.

5
Datacenter design
  • Another case involves the hot exhaust air
    exiting from IT equipment. The hot air being
    expelled into the datacenter must be
    re-circulated through the facilitys air
    conditioner and cooled. However, before it is
    re-circulated, some of this hot air may be
    returned to the IT equipment through its air
    intake vent. The recycling of hot exhaust air in
    this manner reduces the effectiveness of the air
    conditioning equipment and puts the IT equipment
    at risk of not being properly cooled.

6
Datacenter design
  • Datacenter design needs to manage airflow by
    isolating hot and cold air. By doing so,
    companies can save money on cooling. Equipment
    racks should be configured in such a way to
    eliminate extra spaces and be aligned in a hot
    aisle/cold aisle design. Using this design
    technique ensures equipment air intake comes from
    a cold aisle and exhaust air is pushed out into
    a hot aisle.

7
Datacenter design
  • Temperature. Just as heat can cause major
    issues, overcooling causes inefficiencies and is
    a common problem in datacenter design. The hot
    and cold air separation techniques outlined in
    the previous section represent the starting point
    to temperature control. The next step is to
    thoroughly understand the manufacturers
    specifications for each piece of equipment.
  •  
  • By adhering to the temperature requirements
    listed on data sheets, IT managers can avoid
    overcooling the facility. By improving energy
    efficiencies, companies can save money on data
    center operations.

8
Datacenter design
  • Developing Sound Strategies for Datacenter
    Design
  •  
  • When designing or updating a data center, IT
    managers need to think about their future as well
    as current needs. Considerations should include
    company growth and when upgrades are expected.
    With careful planning and use of sophisticated
    tools, data center managers can understand
    equipment, airflow and temperature issues.

9
Datacenter design
  • An efficient datacenter design can save
    companies money and ensure systems availability.
    The first step in reducing energy consumption and
    emissions is to understand the environment. A
    high performance data center is not only good for
    the business, but an environmentally and socially
    responsible way to manage operations.

10
About the Author
  • Arnie W. Evdokimo is Chief Executive Officer of
    DP Air Corporation, a leading provider of data
    center design, build and maintenance services
    based in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • For more information about datacenter design,
    visit http//www.DPAir.com today.
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