Many people look forward to the warmer months of the spring and summer. For IT people, this time brings with it a number of challenges and worries that they do not have during the cooler fall and winter. There are things you can do to keep your equipment cool and safe. From getting the right cold aisle containment system to taking simple steps, you can keep your stuff safe throughout the summer.
Data Informedandnbsp;put out a list of what people can do to protect their data as the temperatures soar.
- Go with a lighter color. Many experts in data center management and manufacture are now recommending that companies paint their cooling system white. This is in part due to a new push by the government to get data centers to use less energy. Using white or some other light color will cause the system to reflect heat and light rather than absorbing it. Many data centers are dark colors or black, which do hold the heat and the light in. It has been estimated that nearly 80% of light can be reflected by a white server. Going with the lighter cabinets can also cut your energy bill between 25 and 30%. This is a really simple thing you can do to make a very large difference in how hot your data center gets.
- You need to manage your sir flow. This is an important part of any cold aisle containment system. This is also a cost effective way to go. It has been said that hot aisle containment systems and cold aisle containment systems can help keep your date center cool throughout the year. Having both of these can help your system operate more efficiently and efficient. The cold cold aisle containment system exists to keep the cold air in while making sure the hot air does not have a way in. The hot aisle containment systems work by directing heat away from the the servers. These systems are there for a similar reason to their cold counterparts. They work to keep the hot air away from the cold air but they do need to face the cooling system so that hot air can be cooled down.
- Make use of PDUs. Power Distribution Units or PDUs can do a lot for your data system. They can improve your systems uptime, efficiency and efficacy. Using recessed PDUs are great for connecting the sensors that monitor the environment inside the data system. This can let you keep an eye on the airflow, temperature and the level of humidity. This can help you make adjustments as needed and keep your system operating at the best level, which saves you energy and keeps the system cool.
- Customize your system. No two companies have the same needs for cooling their data systems so you need to have your cooling customized for your specific needs. What may have worked at one company for their data system may not be appropriate for another firm. Going with the standard models of data center components is not the way to go. You need to have your data center optimized for your space and your needs. You will save money in the long run when you have a more customized system.
- Use the same manufacturer for everything. When you have one manufacturer for all of the components you use for your data system, you know that all of them will work well together. You cannot always know that when you have all of your components made by different companies. This is also a way to keep your system cooled more efficiently and effectively. If your cold aisle containment system is made by the same company that made your server rack, for example, you will know that they will work well together and keep your system operating at its optimal level. If you already have a system with components made by different companies, you can still increase your system’s energy efficiency and efficacy. Find a firm that specializes in customizing data centers and you will have a cool system that operates well throughout the hot season.
All IT managers want to keep their data secure, these tips can really help.