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Design And Management Of Data Center Effectiveness, Risks And Costs
Keywords: Data Center, cooling, CFD
Data centers have been cooled for many years by delivering cool air to the IT equipment via the room. One of the key advantages of this approach is the flexibility that it provides the owner / operator in terms of equipment deployment. In principle it seems that all that is necessary is to determine the maximum power consumption of the equipment and provide an equivalent amount of cooling to the data center. Why then, since we have been building and operating data centers for decades using air cooling, do data centers experience hot spots, operate inefficiently and fail to reach their design expectations for capacity? This presentation explains some of the challenges faced in the search for the perfect data center and why, given the variability of equipment design and the time varying nature of the data center load, CFD (for airflow and heat transfer modeling) is not the only tool to be used in design and / or management of a data center, but is an essential tool to address the common overheating, inefficiency and capacity failings. In particular the presentation demonstrates the importance of a strategy that encompasses the entire life cycle of the data and the need for an appropriate level of detail for different decisions throughout the life cycle and the critical need for model verification and calibration.
Sherman Ikemoto, General Manager, North America
Future Facilities
San Jose, CA

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