Cooling Your Data Center: Five Methods to Try
When you’re managing a large data center, every penny counts. And one way to save a lot of pennies is by effectively cooling your data center. Not only can it save you money and make your machinery last for longer, but it is also becoming increasingly important as data moves to the cloud and more data centers go online. Here, we’ll describe five of the most effective ways to cool your data center.
1. Space Cooling
In legacy center designs, heated air from the servers go back into a CRAC (cooled with a refrigerant)/CRAH (cooled with chilled water) unit. In this kind of cooling, hot air transfers its heat to the CRAC/CRAH unit via a coil, and the chilled air coming from the CRAC/CRAH removes heat from the space. The CRAC/CRAH then blows air using constant-speed fans.
2. Economizer Cooling
In this kind of cooling, the refrigerant-based thermodynamic cycle in the legacy system cools by shutting off the refrigerant cycle either all or part of the time. The economizer draws outside air into the data center. Some economizers are also supplemented with evaporative cooling systems that ensure the dry bulb temperature approaches the wet bulb’s temperature of the air.
3. Liquid Cooling
This solution works best for entire systems that can be submerged. A system that is most workable for all types is water-cooling individual processors – some computers, like the Genesis Pro and the Tiki from Falcon Northwest – already have efficient liquid cooling components.
4. 21-Inch Rack-Scale Architecture
All components of the data center are incorporated into the rack in this system, including servers. Particularly effective for hyperscale data centers, rack-scale architecture systems enable nodes to share resources like power and cooling, and cooling devices like CPUs can be individually swapped out without replacing the entire server.
5. Water to Chip
In this method, pipes bring water into a cold plate that sits atop every CPU you’ve got. You don’t need many pumps; these pipes are facility pumps that push water between cooling towers and the building. This system is very energy-efficient, as well, in that you don’t need any additional energy to the cool the CPUs.
Want to ensure your heating and cooling plans are as efficient as they can be? Silverback data center installation solutions installs your equipment and configures your rack and cables for optimal efficiency. Contact us today to see how we can make your cooling method more effective.
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