And if it does, you’re wasting energy –and money.
Data centers don’t need to be ice cold, says Rajesh Nair, the founder and CTO of Degree Controls, Inc., based in New Hampshire. Rather than over-compensating for server heat loads, he explains, companies need to focus on what’s really important: air distribution around the servers.
“In a data center, the heat load keeps changing over time and place,” Nair says. “But, the typical data centers has a static cooling system. That means there’s static cooling for dynamic heat flow –and that’s why there’s a problem.”
In fact, once you change the air distribution in your data center, it’s likely that you’ll be able to shut down 20 to 40 percent of your air conditioners, he adds.
But, how can you re-design the air flow?
That’s where Degree Controls’ innovative data center cooling management tool, called AdaptivCool, can help. AdaptivCool uses patented Room Scale Intelligent Cooling (RSIC), a network of fans, sensors, and other components –all controlled and coordinated by a central computer–to deliver demand-based cooling and optimal air distribution.
Here’s a short video that explains the AdaptivCool thermal management system in more detail:
Companies are starting to take note, and over the past few months, AdaptivCool has added a bank in New York, a biotech company in Massachusetts, and others to its growing list of clients.
These days, firms are running up against the upper limits of their power consumption and available physical space for data centers, Nair says.
“They just can’t keep adding more servers and more air conditioners. The power companies can’t supply that kind of energy, and eventually, you just run out of room,” he explains.
So, today’s companies are eager to improve efficiencies, reduce energy consumption, save money, and lower their GHG emissions. As Nair is quick to point out, that’s a significant change from only a few years ago.
“It used to be that I had to convince customers that there was a problem (with their data center),” he recalls. “But, now they already know that that there’s a problem, and they’re willing to listen to the second part: what we can offer them to solve the problem.”
More information on AdaptivCool is available here.