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Airflow Management Optimization Methods

Critical spaces are being retrofitted to support new technologies bringing about new challenges in keeping operating temperatures manageable. An inefficient data center can cost a company twice the amount of buying and running the hardware found within it. The cooling budget can eat up 24 percent of a data center budget. Reduce the risk of unnecessary downtime with these airflow management optimization methods.

Data Center Aisle Containment

Containment eliminates mixing hot and cold air in data center environments to maximize energy efficiency and lower operating costs. Cold aisle containment confines cold air supply, eliminating hot spots while, hot aisle containment guides hot exhaust airflow back to the AC return.  Learn more about obstacles in data center containment here.

Rack Cooling System

This rack cooling system is an active heat exchanger that is mounted directly to the rear panel of any standard server rack.  The heat is transferred to the coolant inside the heat exchanger and sent out to the chilled water source.  The ChilledDoor then exhausts cool air back to the room at a predetermined set point.  To learn more about this rack cooling system, click here.

SwitchAir Cooling

Often we find network switches, load balancers, and routers mounted in the back of server racks allowing hot exhaust air from servers to enter the switch intake.  This could result in a decrease of life expectancy of the switches or over all failure.  SwitchAir cooling offers both passive and active solutions. Passive SwitchAir cooling units create a barrier to effectively prevent hot exhaust air from entering switch intakes.  While active SwitchAir units use fans to supply cooled air from the cold aisle directly to switch intakes.  Get more information on SwitchAir cooling units here.

Blanking Panels

Control airflow for optimized cooling effectiveness by effectively sealing openings in IT equipment cabinets.  The use of blanking panels will reduce hotspots and bypass airflow by preventing equipment exhaust air or hot aisle air from migrating to the conditioned air intake stream at the front of the cabinet.  Learn how blanking panels can lead to big savings by clicking here.


By utilizing side brush grommets and raised floor grommets, bypass air flow improves the cooling capacity and efficiency of any data center.  As a result, brush grommets will help ensure PUE goals are met and operating costs are minimized.  Here are six reasons to specify air-sealing grommets.

Structured Cabling Systems

Reduce the risk of constraining exhaust airflow from the rack mounted equipment by standardizing cable lengths, using shorter power cords, and eliminating disorderly and excess cables.  Click here for more information on colored power cords. To learn more about the effects of data center standardization, click here.

External Cable Manager (Side Car)

When utilizing an external cable manager, also known as a side car, the cables go into the side car in place of the enclosure. This allows conditioned air to easily reach the front of the equipment and exhaust is free to exit the rear. For additional features of external cable managers, click here.

Air Skirt Barrier

Seal gaps below, above and between racks by preventing bypass air, keeping cool air where it belongs. Learn more about air skirt barriers here.

Did you know…

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