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Data Center Cooling, Now and Then

May 7, 2015  |  Written by Mitch Fonseca, Director - Product Management, Colocation

The data center cooling market is bustling with activity.

The reason for all this activity is simple: data centers produce a tremendous amount of hot air. Computer servers and other equipment contained within data centers generate a lot of heat. Removing that hot air and maintaining a safe temperature within the data center is essential to keeping equipment in prime running condition and minimizing downtime. Excess heat is, in many ways, a computer server’s worst enemy.

All of which makes it relatively unsurprising that the data center cooling market is expected to grow over the next several years. In fact, a new report from RNR Market Research forecasts that the data center cooling market in the U.S. will grow at a CAGR of 6.67% over the next four years. Citing liquid-immersion cooling solutions, the need to reduce the OPEX of data centers, and more as drivers, RNR Market Research expects the major players in the data center cooling industry to grow noticeably through 2019.

Cold aisle or hot aisle containment are among the strategies that many companies are using to increase capacity while also maintaining a controlled environment. Containment solutions, both hot and cold, seek to create an environment in which hot and cold air can be circulated more efficiently, allowing for higher power density while mitigating excess heat. Regardless of the exact configuration, the key here is that much more thought is being put into how data centers should be organized, down to the rack and server level, all in an effort to balance efficiency and cooling.

Data Center Infrastructure Monitoring and Management (DCIM) software is another key addition that is likely to impact the future of data center cooling. Running a data center is complex, and a functioning DCIM, more like a collection of tools than a single tool, helps data center managers track assets and utilization, and also energy usage and cooling. Next-generation DCIMs streamline the data center management process, again in a move to optimize efficiency, cooling, energy consumption, and more.

Which brings us back to today. Data center cooling, and more generally data center management, is a complicated proposition. Data center managers must constantly identify how best to leverage available resources to meet increasingly complicated needs. This is a full-time job and then some. A data center must have a team of experts dedicated to overseeing the conditions in the data center and ensuring that everything runs smoothly.

At Telx, maintaining the right environment through cooling is an important part of our efforts to offer you 100% uptime SLAs. Our data center cooling is designed and built with an N+1 or 2N architecture, depending on which facility you’re in. Through under-the-floor forced air cooling, our centers' temperature and humidity are maintained within industry standards and are normally in line with ASHRAE standards.

We sweat the small details so you don’t have to. In the face of the quickly growing data center cooling industry, new technologies to keep up with every day, and increasingly stringent technology demands, outsourcing your data center needs to Telx means that you never have to worry about data center management or cooling.

As the market for data center cooling continues to grow, we continue to remain committed to keeping your data cool. We stay on top of the latest data center cooling trends so you don’t have to. To learn more about how Telx can help keep your data safe and cool, connect with us through the contact page of our site, or by Facebook or Twitter.