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Capturing the Evolution of Data Center Cooling and Airflow Management

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That is what you’ll gain with the Upsite Blog. We’ve been posting for several years now. One might think there is only so much to say about data center cooling and airflow management, but as a testament to our passion, and the ever changing landscape of data centers and computer rooms, we still have plenty left to talk about.

We hope you’ll find the content herein valuable and useful as you begin, or continue, your journey towards data center cooling optimization.

 

Airflow Management in Colocation and Cloud: Who is Responsible?

How quick were you to answer that question? Is it the tenant? Is it the colocation or cloud provider? Or, does it all need to be spelled out in an SLA? If you picked one of those responses, you’re not wrong. But you may need some clarification.Over the past few years...

Data Center Cooling Algorithms: Consolidation – Part 3

Ten months ago, when I started this project of producing a series on algorithms for managing or planning a data center’s mechanical infrastructure, my thinking was that I could demystify the mechanical plant by breaking it down into discrete elements and making the...

What You Need to Know About Rack Airflow Management

Sealing the open gaps in server racks is a well-known best practice when implementing airflow management improvements in a data center. After all, sealing these gaps (both within and along the sides of cabinets) often provides the greatest return on investment of any...

Data Center Cooling Algorithms: Consolidation – Part 2

A set of Excel tools will not make us a certified PE or replace the need for a PE or architectural engineer to design our data center. Or, obviate the need for a mechanical facilities engineer to oversee ongoing operation; however, such tools can provide us with a...

Data Center Cooling Algorithms: Consolidation – Part 1

Last summer I thought it might be interesting to explore the different elements that contribute to the cost of cooling our data centers and explore the feasibility of developing some easy-to-use Excel tools to help in comparing costs of different design options and...

[VIDEO] PUE Levels of Measurement: What You Need to Know

The Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric is the most popular method of calculating energy efficiency in the data center. Although hotly debated for its limitations, its use is still very prevalent throughout the industry. Developed by the Green Grid, PUE is simply...

[VIDEO] Defining Liquid Cooling in the Data Center

What is liquid cooling? To put it simply, liquid cooling is when the removal of a heat source is done by a liquid. Pretty straightforward, right? It should be, but there’s actually quite a few misconceptions as to what solutions are considered ‘liquid cooling’ and...

Data Center Airflow Management at 100˚F

Is the time right for the 100 degree Fahrenheit data center? It sure seems like it should be with the ASHRAE TC9.9 guidelines allowing server inlet temperatures up to 95˚F for Class A2 servers, 104˚F for Class A3 servers and 113˚F for Class A4 servers. When we finally...

Cooling Capacity Factor (CCF) Reveals Data Center Savings

Learn the importance of calculating your computer room’s CCF by downloading our free Cooling Capacity Factor white paper.

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