Techniques for Cooling Your Data Center
Trying to run a data center but worried that you’re not taking proper care of your equipment? Without proper cooling, computer equipment can become seriously damaged or even destroyed through prolonged use. To protect your equipment and your business, consider adopting one of the following server cooling methods:
Rack Solutions Cooling System
The Rack Cooling System is designed to prevent overheating while avoiding the inconvenience of ordinary cooling systems. The system comes in the form of a cooling module, which holds any hardware that needs to be cooled. Plug the module in to activate its internal air conditioning system, which provides cool air directly to the hardware. Hot air is removed through a separate air flow, which prevents the cold and hot air from mixing and thus reduces the system’s energy use. The rack can be mounted at various heights, saving floor space; it also has wheels, making it easy to move around a building. The unit is easy to install, meaning you won’t need to hire a contractor.
Liquid cooling was the norm for computer systems until the late 1980s, when air cooling systems came into vogue. Liquid coolers have recently resurfaced, however, due to their great efficiency. By running sacks or tubes of liquid along a server, data centers can reduce heat without the use of cool air. This saves energy and money, as water is a better conductor of heat than air is. The downside to this method is that if the liquid becomes too cold, it produces condensation, which can damage computer equipment. For this reason, most liquid cooling systems circulate the cooled water to ensure that it stays within acceptable temperature ranges.
Spot coolers can be set up around hardware, providing flows of cool air to specific areas. Because they only cool the spots at which they are aimed, they are more efficient than most cooling systems. They are also highly versatile, easy to install, and easy to replace. The downside, however, is that you’ll need multiple coolers if you have a lot of equipment.
It is important to keep your hardware cool and safe to prevent overheating and damage. You don’t want to spare expense now, only to cause greater expense later.