New Models Offer Energy Efficiencies
Energy efficiency is an environmental and IT economic imperative that can no longer be ignored. Today, data centers consume an estimated 1.5% to 3% of all electricity generated. When it comes to saving energy, cooling remains the biggest short term opportunity. The low hanging fruit is isolating hot air from cold air and controlling bypass air.
In terms controlling bypass air, SharkRack’s T2 cabinet, blanking panels and KoldLok are a great solution set for capturing this class of savings. KoldLok seals the under the cabinet cable openings. The KoldLok Raised Floor Grommets specifically address bypass airflow by preventing cold air from escaping through cable openings and other raised floor openings. These, in combination with the “breathe easy” T2, offer a great start to achieving energy savings with little investment.
The next largest and easiest energy efficiency gains lie in a more thorough isolation of hot air from cold air. Solutions that “contain” hot air or cold air, like chimneys and room partitions, offer significant energy savings potential. These types of solutions essentially eliminate mixing of hot and cold air. Greater cooling efficiency comes from letting air conditioners operate at optimal temperature drops, reducing fan speeds and raising chilled water loop temperatures.
SharkRack can help data center managers achieve these “isolation” based energy savings. SharkRack offers a chimney exhaust product and will design and build room partitions to separate the cold aisle from the hot aisle.
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