Top 5 cooling tips in 5 minutes

When the datacenter gets too hot, the entire organization can feel the heat. Keeping servers cool can be a frustrating affair requiring meticulous attention to detail and expert planning.

When the datacenter gets too hot, the entire organization can feel the heat. Keeping servers cool can be a frustrating affair requiring meticulous attention to detail and expert planning.

These five tips in five minutes can help a data center manager get heat under control. Implementing hot aisle-cold aisle design, evaluating underfloor ventilation, and deciding if liquid cooling is right for you datacenter are all valid concerns, and we're bringing you expert advice to point you in the right direction.

Fine tuning for hot aisle/cold aisle redundancy
EXPERT ADVICE: In a hot aisle/cold aisle rack configuration, how do you get redundant underfloor airflow? If one of the air units failed, the return air from the hot aisle would not be properly cooled for re-use. Learn more here.

Calculate the cost of cooling
EXPERT ADVICE: This tip will teach you how to correlate cooling costs with energy bills, and how to ensure your systems are always up.

Best bets for blades
TIP: Find out how many CFM (Cubic Feet per minute) you'll need to blast through your raised floor to keep the typical blade environment from burning up.

How to help your SAN keep its cool
TIP: You will learn how to accurately measure SAN temperature and reduce failure due to overheating.

Asset management for cooling concerns
TIP: In order to optimize cooling across server racks and the data center, you need to know what you have, including basic airflow requirements and other equipment specs.

This was first published in April 2006

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