Have you ever been outside and reached for your smartphone just to find it has overheated and shut down? Servers work the same way when they get too warm. This is why it’s important to manage and monitor your data center airflow cooling.
Data Center Airflow Cooling
The most basic principle of airflow management is that IT equipment should only take in cool air and CRAC return plenums should only take in warm air. Keeping the two separate can be tricky, but it’s one of the things that’s so important to monitor in your data center. This helps you avoid hotspots and address the issue if something starts to get too warm.
Monitoring Airflow in Data Centers
An effective airflow management strategy allows the data center cabinet to support high density equipment while lowering the cooling costs and improving energy efficiency.
Ekkosense is PTI Solutions’ software partner for monitoring data center airflow. With the Ekkosense cooling advisor, you can see the temperature of every rack in your data center and how you can rearrange to improve airflow and balance the room. This tool also allows you to monitor remotely.
As you monitor, you can identify ways to reduce costs. This is top priority since cooling costs account for approximately 40 percent of annual data center expenses. And while you’re reviewing expenses, keep in mind a study by the Uptime Institute found that up to 70 percent of data center energy goes to cooling and air handling.
Immersion Cooling: the Airflow Cooling Alternative
As you look to reduce cost and boost efficiency, you may also want to consider alternative cooling methods. Simply adding more cooling capacity often isn’t enough.
Meet Submer, PTI Solutions’ airflow cooling alternative partner. Here’s how the technology works: computer components and even full servers are submerged in a thermally conductive liquid. This is more efficient than air cooling. You save on space because the pod takes up less space than traditional racks. You also save electricity and water since you don’t need to regulate an entire room. As an added bonus, you reduce your company’s carbon footprint. This is an excellent solution if you need to expand or add a new data center room.
We’re ready to answer any questions you may have about monitoring or immersion for your cooling needs. Whether you have a small computer room or an enterprise data system, PTI Solutions is your turnkey partner to design a cooling strategy that’s just right for your situation.