Airflow Management Awareness Month

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Airflow management is a vital part of keeping modern data centers operating at peak performance.

Airflow Management Awareness Month seeks to highlight that importance and educate data center operators
on how they can make changes on many different levels that add up to real savings on energy costs.

Week 1: Data Center Energy Efficiency and Sustainability: Examining the Key Elements and Planning for a Path Forward

Data center energy efficiency has been an ongoing topic and goal in the industry that has led to many innovations around how data centers are powered and cooled. The primary driver for this has typically been to reduce costs related to energy usage, with increasing capacity as a distant second. In recent years, commitments towards net zero and sustainability have sparked a renewed focus on data center energy efficiency, leading to the implementation of greener initiatives for data centers and access to renewable power becoming a key selection criteria for many new sites. This has also led to PUE becoming the de facto metric by which many facilities measure energy efficiency. While PUE is indeed a valuable metric, it’s important to note that it is not a true metric for energy efficiency and other KPIs are needed to more accurately measure performance. This session will discuss the different KPIs that can be used, while also examining the plausibility of many myths that surround energy efficiency and sustainability, to ultimately lay out a potential path forward for the data center sector.

Presented by Mark Acton, Independent Consultant, Non Executive Director, EkkoSense
June 08, 2021 11 AM (EDT)/ 8 AM (PDT)

Week 2: Data Center Containment Considerations: Determining the Right Solution for Your Facility and How to Maximize ROI

Data center containment has gone mainstream over the past decade, which has led to widespread implementation and adoption by many sites. In fact, according to a recent survey by the Uptime Institute, 80% of sites have implemented either hot or cold aisle containment. However, although containment is experiencing a high rate of adoption, there are still many misconceptions and therefore many considerations to look at when evaluating the different options and strategies that are available. The most common consideration is determining whether to contain hot aisles or cold aisles. Other considerations include hard vs soft containment, partial vs full containment, and many others. This session will evaluate the different scenarios in which each of these considerations is more applicable, including retrofit vs new construction, and discuss strategies after containment has been implemented to maximize the cooling efficiency and cost savings benefits.

Presented by Lars Strong, P.E., Senior Engineer and Company Science Officer, Upsite Technologies
June 15, 2021 11 AM (EDT)/ 8 AM (PDT)

Week 3: The Perimeter-Less Data Center: A Look at Security, Automation, and Robotics in Digital Infrastructure

This past year has been a lesson in challenges and how to overcome some of the most difficult times many can remember. Data center and technology leaders had to scramble to leverage new technologies and solutions to stay ahead of the curve. It wasn’t easy, but many adopted new and innovating technologies to help modernize and innovate their business. This includes new security methods, greater levels of automation, and even robotics. In this webinar, we’ll review the latest findings from the AFCOM State of the Data Center report with regards to automation and new robotics systems. Furthermore, we’ll discuss how today’s data centers are evolving into perimeter-less entities which require a new look at security for both physical as well as logical assets. This session will explore zero-trust security models, new applications around robotics, and real-world use-cases focusing on automation in the data center.

Presented By Bill Kleyman, Executive Vice President of Digital Solutions, Switch
June 22, 2021 11 AM (EDT)/ 8 AM (PDT)

Week 4: [RESCEDULED] Understanding ASHRAE's 5th Edition of Thermal Guidelines: What's New and How It Can Impact Your Facility

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are tentatively rescheduling this webinar for Thursday, August 5th at 11:00am EDT / 8:00am PDT. Please keep an eye out for an email from us around that time with a solidified date.

The ASHRAE TC9.9 Thermal Guidelines are widely regarded as the industry standard for establishing IT environmental design conditions. IT equipment manufacturers’ thermal engineers are the primary contributors to the technical content of the guidelines, addressing equipment capabilities and challenges, issues facing the industry, and trends forecast by these same manufacturers. As trends evolve and ASHRAE-sponsored research is completed, the Thermal Guidelines are periodically updated. In March of this year, ASHRAE TC9.9 published the Fifth Edition of the Thermal Guidelines, which incorporates a number of changes based on ASHRAE research and industry trends, covering both air-cooled and liquid-cooled IT applications and deployments. This session will provide an overview of the changes that have been made to ASHRAE’s Fifth Edition of Thermal Guidelines, and discuss the impacts they can have on new and existing mission critical facilities.

Presented by John Gross, Owner and Mechanical Engineer, J.M. Gross Engineering, LLC
August 5, 2021 11 AM (EDT)/ 8 AM (PDT)

Featured Speakers

Mark Acton

Independent Consultant, Non Executive Director, EkkoSense

Lars Strong

P.E., Senior Engineer and Company Science Officer, Upsite Technologies


Bill Kleyman

Executive Vice President of Digital Solutions, Switch


John Gross

Owner and Mechanical Engineer, J.M. Gross Engineering, LLC

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