Improving Cooling Performance in Data Centers – Air management makes all the difference
Mission Critical – Cover Story, Spring 2008
Proper management of cold and hot air streams in the data center is important not only for improving cooling performance but also for energy-efficient cooling operation. There are several ways to optimize the cooling performance of existing and new facilities; however, the best approach is often not intuitive. Computational fluid dynamics analysis has proven to be an effective tool in testing “what if” strategies in a virtual data center before making modifications to existing designs or building a new facility. This article demonstrates an example of how proper air management can improve the cooling performance of data centers.