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Data Center World 2021

Data Center World delivers expert strategy and insight on the technologies and concepts you need to know to plan, manage, and optimize your data center. Data Center World 2021 educational conference programming is focused on the rapidly advancing data center technologies like edge computing, co-location, hyperscale, and predictive analytics – all within a rapidly changing global business climate -- in order to give attendees a leg up on their competitors to become the new trailblazers of the data center.

Data Center Design: Important Airflow and Cooling Considerations You're Likely Overlooking

Lars Strong  (Senior Engineer and Company Science Officer, Upsite Technologies)

Location: S330FE

Date: Wednesday, August 18

Time: 10:20am - 11:20am

Track: Design, Build, Operate, & Control

Session Type: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

If you think a discussion about some number of airflow management considerations in building a new data center is going to ring up the normal litany of plugging holes with blanking panels and floor grommets, separating hot aisles from cold aisles, intelligently locating perforated floor tiles, etc., then you would be sorely mistaken. While these best practices are well established, they are not regarded as "considerations" in the truest sense as they do not fall into the state of the art or leading edge categories of data center design. By all established industry standards and guidelines, these airflow management tactics are the minimum starting point before you can start benefiting from being able to control airflow volume and temperature – the key to exploiting both efficiency and effectiveness opportunities in the data center. So, if these minimum requirements are not today's subject, what are considerations for airflow management in building a new data center? In this session, we will borrow from the ASHRAE handbook, Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments, 4th edition, and what they call server metrics for determining data center operating environmental envelope:
• Server power versus inlet temperature
• Server performance versus inlet temperature
• Server cost versus inlet temperature
• Climate data versus server inlet temperature
• Server corrosion versus moisture levels
• Server reliability versus inlet temperature
• Server acoustical noise versus inlet temperature

Takeaway

• Learn about the important airflow and cooling design considerations for building a new data center.
• Understand that airflow management is much broader than the baseline best practices such as implementing blanking panels, floor grommets, and containment.
• Learn about ASHRAE's seven server metrics for determining data center operating environmental envelope.

Intended Audience

• Learn about the important airflow and cooling design considerations for building a new data center.
• Understand that airflow management is much broader than the baseline best practices such as implementing blanking panels, floor grommets, and containment.
• Learn about ASHRAE's seven server metrics for determining data center operating environmental envelope.