Upsite Technologies’ “4 R’s” Approach to Airflow Management Shown to Lower PUE and Increase Equipment Reliability7 min read
Holistic Methodology to Improve Computer Room Airflow Management Can Help Data Center Operators Realize Robust Energy Savings and Improve the Environment, as shown by new CFD Video by Future Facilities.
Albuquerque, NM and San Jose, Calif – May 19, 2016 – Upsite Technologies, Inc., (Upsite) a leader in data center airflow management solutions, announced today that Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling has demonstrated the energy savings outlined by its 4 R’s of Airflow Management™ methodology. The company tapped Future Facilities North America (Future Facilities NA), the premier provider of engineering simulation software for data center design and operational planning, to demonstrate the findings through the utilization of its 6SigmaDCX CFD simulation tool.
Upsite’s 4 R’s of Airflow Management provides a guide for implementing changes to optimize cooling and achieve the greatest benefits of airflow management, including a lower Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) score, reduced energy costs, and increased IT equipment reliability. The 4 R’s methodology details the improvements and best practices made to a data center’s racks, raised floor, rows, and room that will provide these benefits and optimize the cooling infrastructure. 6SigmaDCX was used to model a 4,000 sq. ft. data center and provide engineering simulation to assess the impact of the changes made to these four areas: rack, raised floor, row, and room. The simulation provided valuable information about how problem areas (e.g. hot spots) could be rectified and how capacity and operating cost benefits could be realized after making AFM improvements to each of the 4R’s. The execution of the steps resulted in:
- Reduction in the maximum IT inlet temperature of 8.4° F
- Cooling supply temperature increase of 10° F
- Cooling unit fan speeds reduced by 35% and one cooling unit turned off
- Partial PUE (pPUE) reduced from 1.54 to 1.34
- Over $60,000 in annual savings for a 4,000 Sq. Ft. Data Center
- 15 month ROI
“Given the many solutions available to improve data center airflow, the process of creating an effective airflow management plan can seem overwhelming,” said Lars Strong, Senior Engineer and Company Science Officer of Upsite Technologies. “Our 4 R’s of Airflow Management approach provides a clear strategy to optimize cooling and lower PUE. With the impressive results now demonstrated by CFD modeling, I anticipate that more owners and operators will be utilizing our 4 R’s methodology to accomplish this quickly, efficiently, and with a faster ROI.”
About Upsite Technologies
Upsite Technologies®, Inc. is an industry leader in data center airflow management and cooling. Upsite provides a full suite of products and services designed to optimize data center cooling systems, allowing managers to maximize cooling capacity while reducing energy costs. Upsite distributes its award-winning line of services and products, including KoldLok®, HotLok®, and AisleLok®, through leading channel partners in the data center industry throughout the United States, EMEA and the Asia Pacific regions.
Upsite Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2001 by Ken Brill, creator of the Uptime Institute, a think tank dedicated to understanding, improving, educating and expanding awareness of uptime and inefficiencies in data centers.
Additional information can be found at https://www.upsite.com/.
About Future Facilities
For more than a decade, Future Facilities has provided engineering simulation software and consultancy services to the world’s largest data center owner-operators and the industry’s leading consultancies. With global offices, its software and services are relied on to deliver unique insight into the current and future performance of mission-critical data centers. Additional information can be found at www.futurefacilities.com; follow us on Twitter @6SigmaDC.