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05 November 2018

With a typical lifespan of 10-15 years, reliable performance is a significant consideration during the planning and design of precision air conditioning solutions for use in datacentres.

Sebastian Beyer, Test Centre Manager at STULZ, explains why knowing the actual capabilities of equipment under temperature and air humidity conditions is vital and how individual performance tests can help to achieve an energy efficient configuration.

With utility bills rising, growing pressure to reduce carbon emissions and an increased demand on power networks, datacentre owners and operators are faced with a major challenge when it comes to energy consumption. Although organisations such as Google and Microsoft are leading the way in measuring and improving energy use, mainly because they consume such vast amounts and it makes economic sense, the fact is that all enterprises need to do the same, at least until such a time as we develop 100 percent renewable energy sources.

Temperature gauge

It’s widely accepted that datacentres consume almost as much energy for non-computing resources – such as cooling and power conversion – as they do in actually powering their servers. Cooling and airflow management is a continually evolving science due to the amount of equipment variations possible and the number of options in terms of datacentre design and operation. 

Read the full article in the November issue of DPA

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