Having trouble maintaining the proper temperature in your server room? Looking for low-cost, high performance ways to improve temperature monitoring and alerting? Take a peek at this recent article in Processor.com where Temperature@lert CEO Harry Schechter shares some practical solutions for budget-friendly server room cooling methods:
Server rooms and data centers in search of budget-friendly cooling methods don’t have to dig deeply to strike oil—there are plenty of solutions available for environments of all sizes. The
- Replace or retrofit existing cabinets with a ducted air approach.
- If there is open access between existing racks, add air dividers and front-to-rear air dams (foam weather stripping).
- Use virtualization to consolidate hardware and possibly even shut down servers when usage is low.
- Consider using outside air cooling, depending on location, through the use of air-side or water-side economizers.
- Consider sending commodity-type functions (such as email) out of house to lessen the burden on in-house equipment.
- Design a plan based on measurements and metrics and be sure to install metering systems on the power feeds to the IT and cooling equipment.
- Update outdated facilities equipment. Newer equipment is more efficient and may qualify for government rebates.
- Incorporate a high performance, low cost temperature monitoring device such as Temperature@lert USB Edition (full disclosure: we added this shameless plug in ourselves!).
For more tips, read the full article at Processor.com.