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Tag Archives: Bypass Airflow

Data Center Design: 6 Reasons to Specify Air-Sealing Grommets

November 23, 2016
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Using raised-floor grommets to prevent bypass air from escaping the underfloor plenum is a well-known airflow management best practice. Eliminating bypass airflow improves the cooling capacity and efficiency of any data center. Despite knowing this, best practices are not always followed. Grommets are not installed for long periods after operation begins, and usually not until …read more

Grommets: The Foundation of Cooling Efficiency in Raised Floor Data Centers

September 28, 2016
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Maintaining the cooling efficiency in any data center is an iterative process with many moving parts. It begins with the purchase and installation of cooling units, and is inevitably met with the implementation and continuous mediation of airflow management (AFM) best practices. There are a variety of AFM best practices including, but not limited to …read more

Does Hard Containment Fully Contain Aisles?

August 31, 2016
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This week’s question is: Does hard containment fully contain hot and cold aisles in data centers? And for those of you who may have been following my contributions to this blog over the years know all too well, the answer has to be: It depends. It depends on what, in fact, we call full containment. …read more

6 Key Metrics to Optimize Your Data Center’s Cooling

April 20, 2016
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Modern data centers continue to evolve at a rapid pace. While methodologies and techniques for cooling continue to advance, some of the basic lessons that have proven themselves over time continue to be underutilized. New technology and techniques can often be helpful, but without employing fundamental airflow management metrics the full benefits of advanced cooling …read more

4 Steps to Quickly Improve PUE Through Airflow Management

March 30, 2016
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It’s well known that cooling typically accounts for around half of a data center’s total power consumption. Given this, it’s imperative that cooling is optimized to achieve a low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). While this too may be common knowledge, the question still remains, how can this be done quickly, with all possible benefits realized, …read more

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