Maximizing Server Airflow

Data Centres continuously cram more computing power into their networks to meet the growing demand for moreIT resources. The need for more computing power is increasing continuously. Cooling has become a very seriousconcern.

Finding the right cabinets to provide structure and order was a given a few years back. This given has nowevolved to finding the cabinets that can also address cooling. According to a study conducted, cabinets that aretaller, wider and deeper is the most obvious answer to cooling for a majority of data centres. Vertical expansiondoes seem to be the way to go. But this too is a limited resource set by the height of the ceiling and doorways indata centers. In the end, companies still face the same cooling concern. Airflow issues are discussed extensivelyin this article.

Others believe cabinets designed and configured to maximise airflow like DataWorld’s Curved Series just mightbe the viable answer. Cabinets designed to allow horizontal air to flow freely and efficiently instead of justproviding structure and order could be the solution for those with very limited data centre space. If a particularcabinet provides more cable management capabilities, better

According to Oracle the maximum rate of heat released from a fully configured server is 90,000 BTUs/hr (94,955kJ/hr). To cool the server properly, adequate airflow must travel through the server. The direction of the airflow isfrom the front to the back of the server. The approximate server airflow is typically at 2500 CFM and at 4200CFM maximum

To ensure adequate airflow Oracle recommends a minimum clearance of 36 inches (914 mm) at the front and therear of the server for ventilation. If the server is not completely populated with components, data centres mustcover the empty slots with filler panels or blanking panels. Good cable management will also minimizeinterference with the server exhaust. The addition of mesh doors and more efficient exhaust fans can ensure thatnetwork systems operate at their peak and deliver as expected.

Selecting correct cabinet is anything but straight forward. Our expert team at DataWorld can help you make theright decision. Call us on 1300 441 395 to speak with one of the Sales Consultants now.