Rack Enclosures – A Crucial Link in Airflow Management in Data Centers
ASHRAE Journal, August 2009
Rack enclosures are a crucial link between data center air handling units and servers. Design of rack enclosures can impact the fan performance, and therefore, cooling performance of servers. Careful consideration should be given before selecting the rack enclosures for a certain data center. Just following the best practices for the design and layout of data centers is not enough to obtain the optimum cooling performance. This article illustrates the importance of rack enclosure design and airflow management within the rack enclosures.