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Eliminating Data Center Hot Spots: An Approach for Identifying and Correcting Lost Air

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Data center cooling is a hot topic. But, when you consider the challenges associated with cooling the latest generation servers, the growing cost of infrastructure equipment, and the risks associated with hotspots brought on by high-density clusters and premature hardware failure, it’s easy to understand the focus.

The traditional school of thought suggests that additional cooling capacity is needed to resolve data center hot spots or be able to support future IT loads, because overheating must mean that you need more cooling. But recent studies have identified that high-heat densities and/or inadequate cooling capacity are not the inherent cause of hotspots. The real issue is inadequate cooled air distribution.

How do you determine the effectiveness of your current air distribution? Consider the following:

  • Is your rated cooling capacity greater than your critical load yet you still have hotspots?
  • Have more perforated tiles been installed and cooling problems remain?
  • How confident are you that your current infrastructure can support future IT equipment installations

The new paradigm looks to regain existing installed capacity by optimizing your data center’s existing infrastructure, thereby improving efficiency, reducing operating costs and eliminating hotspots. This webinar shares results of a study by The Uptime Institute that details how reducing lost air (also known as bypass airflow) will help eliminate hotspots in your computer room.

Topics Covered:

  • A Tutorial on Bypass Airflow: What has been Lost can be regained!
  • Hotspots: A Tutorial of Zone Hotspots and Vertical Hotspots
  • The Delayed Impact: Examples of Thermally caused instability
  • Measuring the Bypass Airflow in Your Data Center
  • The ROI: Reduced Motor Hp, Maintenance and Latent Cooling Penalty
  • A Case Study: How one company saved $60,000 in previously planned capital expenditures by successfully mitigating bypass airflow