Top 10 Data Center Cooling Stories of 202118 min read

by | Jan 5, 2022 | Blog

With 2021 officially in the books, we wanted to take a look back at our top stories from The Upsite Blog. It was a busy year with many things to talk about—everything from exploring ASHRAE’s fifth edition of thermal guidelines to discussing the impacts of the great resignation on the data center industry. We shared a lot of content that we hope you not only enjoyed reading, but also found useful. Here are the top 10 articles that data center professionals like you shared the most in 2021:

1. What You Need to Know About ASHRAE’s Fifth Edition of Thermal Guidelines

By John Gross

what-you-need-to-know-about-ashraes-fifth-edition-of-thermal-guidelinesThe ASHRAE Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments is developed and published by ASHRAE Technical Committee (TC) 9.9, Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment. Within TC 9.9, the IT Subcommittee serves as the primary source of information on the latest IT trends used in the development for the Thermal Guidelines.

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2. What You Need to Know About Managing the Return Plenum

By Ian Seaton

data-center-return-plenumBack at the birth of data center thermal management as a topic of discussion for only a very small circle of friends, I tried to carve out my position of expertise in a field most folks in the industry didn’t even know was a field yet with a three prong message: 1) Get rid of hot aisle perforated floor tiles (purloined unapologetically from Dr. Bob himself), 2) Top-mounted cabinet fans delivered more harm than good, and 3) Forget about your return air (after isolating it, of course).

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3. Are Data Centers Really a Recession-Proof Industry?

By Bill Kleyman

are-data-centers-really-a-recession-proof-industryThe statement in itself is fascinating. Just a few years ago, with the broader rollout of cloud computing, questions around data center relevancy started to pour in.

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4. 7 Data Center Refresh Tips for 2021

By Devin Partida

7-data-center-refresh-tips-for-20212020 was a year of disruption. The COVID-19 pandemic radically shifted how the world operates, from work environments to consumer behavior. Social distancing measures spurred rapid digitization, leading both consumers and businesses to generate more data than ever before. Data centers now face mounting pressure to update.

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5. Top Data Center Trends and Predictions to Watch for in 2021

By Upsite Technologies

top-data-center-trends-and-predictions-to-watch-for-in-2021Opinions below have been contributed by Bill Kleyman (Switch), Bob Bolz (Aquila, Inc.), Lars Strong (Upsite Technologies), and Mark Acton (Independent Consultant/EkkoSense).

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6. [VIDEO] Carbon Neutral vs. Net Zero Carbon: What’s the Difference?

By Upsite Technologies

carbon-neutral-vs-net-zero-carbon-whats-the-differenceCarbon neutral and net zero carbon are two terms that have grown in use and popularity over the past few years when discussing topics such as sustainability, renewable energy, and climate action. However, although these terms are closely related to each other, and even sometimes used interchangeably, there are some key differences between the two that are important to be aware of.

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7. The Great (Data Center) Resignation: Are You Ready?

By Bill Kleyman

the-great-data-center-resignation-are-you-readyI had an absolute blast at the latest AFCOM Data Center World event in Orlando. It was the first in-person conference I had attended in two years! We had some great sessions, discussed some great topics, and got to play with some really cool technology.

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8. [VIDEO] The Science of Data Center Containment

By Upsite Technologies

science-of-data-center-containmentWhether you’re implementing hot aisle or cold aisle containment, modular or legacy containment, or soft or hard containment, the overarching goal is to prevent the mixing of cold supply air with hot exhaust air. How effectively you do this does somewhat depend on the method that is used as well as what other airflow management initiatives are in place, however, when it comes to reaping the benefits in terms of cooling efficiency and cost savings, we first need to understand the underlying science.

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9. It’s Time to Take DCIM to the Next Level

By Paul Milburn

its-time-to-take-dcim-to-the-next-levelOne thing that’s certain is that data center teams will be kept increasingly busy in 2021 as they’re asked to extract even more performance from existing data center assets. This will continue to be challenging – particularly as organizations work to accommodate the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

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10. What Is DMaaS and How Is It Different From DCIM?

By Devin Partida

what-is-dmaas-and-how-is-it-different-from-dcimFor better or for worse, data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software has long been a standard for many mission critical facilities.

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