Optimizing Capacity and Efficiency in a Diverse and Variable Load Environment
Modern IT hardware has steadily increased in density over the past decade and has reached a point where an individual rack can consume over 30,000 watts of energy. This energy is dissipated as waste heat into the environment, and the state of the art data center cooling infrastructure must be capable of supplying sufficient air flow where needed to meet these demands. The same data center may also have racks with loads 1/10 of the highest density hardware deployed. Often the same dense IT hardware has the ability to modulate its airflow and energy requirements based on current IT workload demands. With the further development of high performance (HPC) and cloud computing, the variability in large scale IT loads has never been greater.
The introduction of local and dynamic airflow delivery technology, and the parallel introduction of high total air capture airflow products for raised floor design allows for sufficient air flow delivery to the IT load, while allowing for precisely the correct amount of air to be delivered to the IT equipment. This whitepaper explains the need for these technologies and illustrates how these technologies work together with existing IT cooling systems to meet this variable load demand while maintaining high reliability and lowering energy costs.
Continue reading to learn more about optimizing capacity and efficiency in a diverse and variable load environment.