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How to Keep Server Room Cooling Costs Down

Posted by Tina Behnke

Server room cooling is important if you want to make sure that your equipment, and more importantly data, isn't damaged or lost due to heat failure. For smaller server rooms, it's often one of the commonly overlooked tasks in the IT department because people tend to think of "temperature control" as a facility manager task.  That's an argument for another post!

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, Data Center Cooling, Emergency Server Room Cooling

Data Center Cooling (Even When it's Cold Outside)

Posted by Tina Behnke

You might think keeping a data center or server room functionally cool gets much easier when outdoor temperatures drop. Ha!  In fact, cold weather brings a new set of challenges to data center cooling--particularly when trying to keep one room cool and all the surrounding rooms warm. Let's look specifically at the right solution or cooling system for the job.

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, Spot Cooler Rental, Data Center Cooling

Surprise! Server Room Cooling - It's Not Just for Summer

Posted by Tina Behnke

Once summer winds down you may think you're out of the woods as far as your server room cooling system is concerned.  Think again. 

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, Spot Cooler Rental, Data Center Cooling

Keep it Cool: Spot Coolers for Server Room & Data Center Cooling

Posted by Tina Behnke

As temperatures rise, it's a good time to talk about the importance of server room and data center cooling.  The dangers of excessive heat on electronics cannot be overstated.  An improperly maintained climate in a server room can result in loss of important data, loss of business due to time off-line and out of contact, and shortened lifespan of equipment.  Bad news!

Recently, Microsoft taught us all an important lesson about the need to keep it cool when excessive heat in a data center wreaked havoc.  An uncontrolled heat spike caused outages in both Hotmail and Outlook.com.  Email service and Skydrive cloud storage were down and out for up to 16 hours as they scrambled to repair the breakdown.  We don't want this to happen to you.

Server room and data center cooling can be tricky. A server room or computer room needs to be cooler than the rest of the office space.  The site's primary central air system may be able to maintain the appropriate temperature; however this may require keeping work space uncomfortably chilly for employees and visitors.  Also, running the whole system to meet the demands of the server room wastes energy and is expensive.

Traditionally, a precision or split cooling system can help meet data center cooling needs. When installed properly and functioning in its prime, these systems can keep data equipment cool and maintain a comfortable work space while minimizing energy consumption.  However, equipment installation can be involved and expensive.  Air handling equipment may take up too much space both inside the critical space and outside the building.  Depending on the parameters of an office lease agreement and/or on structural limitations of the building itself, a precision or split system may not be an option.

AirPac offers an affordable and reliable solution for data center cooling: portable air conditioners and spot coolers

Although portable systems are excellent temporary solutions in an emergency, many are learning these compact mobile spot cooling systems can be dependable permanent solutions

Consider these benefits of a portable or spot cooling system for your server room or data center:

  1. Installation is quick and easy; 

  2. Portable systems can be rented;

  3. If your business moves, so does your cooling system;

  4. Units are small and take up little room in crowded data centers; 

  5. A spot cooler can be moved to tackle fluctuating hot spots; 

  6. Because these systems are designed to be portable, they are designed for durability and could last every bit as long as a built-in system; and

  7. They are affordable.

Interested in learning more about keeping your data center cool?  With just a phone call, AirPac can quickly assess the cooling needs of your space to determine the best solution.  Call AirPac – we make it our business to keep your business cool.

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, Data Center Cooling, Emergency Server Room Cooling

The 10 Commandments of Emergency Server Room Cooling Success

Posted by Tina Behnke

Hands down, the Bible is the top selling book of all time.  People refer to it, study it and find inspiration in the lessons that come to life from the many pages of the Bible.  But it really all boils down to the 10 Commandments -- the golden rules for good living and a "cheat sheet" that simplifies the brilliance of the Bible.

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, Spot Cooler Rental, Server Room Design

How Google Saved 1 Billion Dollars in Data Center Cooling Costs

Posted by Tina Behnke

Every data center manager is concerned with data center cooling costs.  Especially since in an average data center, 30 - 40% of the electricity is consumed by the cooling system!

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, Spot Cooling, Data Center Cooling

5 Simple Server Room Cooling Solutions

Posted by Tina Behnke

Maybe you're one of the lucky IT managers or small business owners with a state-of-the-art server room.  If so, you can stop reading now.

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, Server Room Design

NEW ASHRAE Guidelines for Data Center Cooling

Posted by Tina Behnke

BIG NEWS in the data center cooling industry -- ASHRAE just released new guidelines for thermal loads in data centers.  Wish I could share the data center cooling guidelines with you but ASHRAE just released them and, truth be told, I have not purchased the Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments, 3rd Ed.  You can purchase the 150 page printed edition or secure PDF version for $54 -- or the bargain price of $46 if you are an ASHRAE member. 

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, Data Center Cooling, Backup Cooling

6 Tips to Conquere a Server Room Cooling Crisis

Posted by Tina Behnke

There's never a good time for the server room air conditioning to fail.  EVER!  But, as all facilities managers and data center managers know, the question is not IF mechanical equipment will fail, it's WHEN.

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Topics: Emergency Cooling Plan, Server Room Cooling, Rent Portable Spot Coolers

Say "So Long" to Server Room Cooling -- Move to the Cloud

Posted by Tina Behnke

Tired of trying to keep up with the demands or your server room cooling?  Don't want to rely on the building folks to keep the aging data center air conditioner in tip-top shape?  This might be the time to explore taking your computing to the cloud!

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, Spot Cooler Rental, Data Center Cooling