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Choosing the Right Aisle Containment Solution for Your Data Center

Updated: Jun 24, 2023


From Left-to-Right: CAC Drop Panel Closed; CAC Drop Panel Open; HAC Setup When choosing an aisle containment system for your data center, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Understand your data center layout: Look at how your data center is set up and decide whether you want to enclose the hot aisle (where the hot air from servers is) or the cold aisle (where cool air is supplied). Choose the system that matches your current or planned setup.

  2. Consider your cooling strategy: Aisle containment works best with specific cooling setups, like raised floors or overhead cooling. Make sure your data center has the right infrastructure to support the containment system you choose.

  3. Think about scalability: Make sure the containment system can be easily expanded or adjusted as your data center grows. Modular systems are usually a good choice because they offer flexibility and can be modified in the future.

  4. Look for energy efficiency: The main purpose of containment is to reduce cooling energy consumption. Choose a system that minimizes air leakage and effectively separates hot and cold air to save on energy costs.

  5. Check maintenance and serviceability: Make sure the containment system allows for easy access to IT equipment for maintenance and upgrades. Look for features like removable panels or curtains that provide convenient access.

  6. Ensure safety compliance: Verify that the aisle containment system meets fire safety regulations and doesn't interfere with fire suppression systems. It should allow proper airflow and accessibility during emergencies.

  7. Consider the costs: Evaluate the overall cost of the containment system, including both initial setup and long-term operational costs. While higher-quality systems may be more expensive upfront, they can save you money in the long run through energy savings.

  8. Choose a reliable vendor: Pick a reputable vendor who has experience in designing and implementing aisle containment systems. They should be able to provide support and guidance in selecting the right system for your data center.

By considering these factors and understanding your specific data center needs, you can choose an aisle containment system that improves cooling efficiency and saves energy in simple terms.


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