Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) has been working to determine an effective method of extending the life of an existing data center, and even remove the need for new construction altogether.
The conclusion: Invest in an effective airflow containment solution.
"According to this year’s survey by the Uptime Institute, about half of all data centers surveyed reported operating at 71 F to 75 F. Yet, only 15% of respondents said they were measuring and controlling air temperatures from the server inlet, which is the most accurate method. About a third of respondents manage inlet air temperature at the room level – the least effective approach."
Proper airflow monitoring and containment allows the inlet air temperature to rise to 80.6 F, the level recommended by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
“To run near the ASHRAE limits, an organization needs to have the operations expertise on staff to manage a higher-risk environment and to have precise control over cooling,” the survey from Uptime Institute said.
Properly controlling cooling can be a simple and inexpensive task to provide incredible results. In CPI's newly published white paper, Ian Seaton demonstrates that a very effective containment solution for an environment where cooling is constrained but power is not could add about 17 years of life to the data center. Now that’s what we call a feat worthy of superheroes.
Because companies can spend between $5-$25 million or more on a new data center, implementation of a containment solution should be part of any data center life extension considerations.
To learn more, check out CPI's new white paper, "Extend the Life of Your Data Center."