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      Containment and Air Distribution

      Hot and cold air containment systems designed to maximize cooling predictability, capacity, and efficiency

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          White Paper #40
          Cooling Audit for Identifying Potential Cooling Problems in Data Centers

          The compaction of Information Technology equipment and simultaneous increases in processor power consumption are creating challenges for data center managers in ensuring adequate distribution of cool air, removal of hot air and sufficient cooling capacity. This paper provides a checklist for assessing potential problems that can adversely affect the cooling environment within a data center. Read White Paper #40
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          White Paper #130
          Choosing Between Room, Row, and Rack-based Cooling for Data Centers

          Latest generation high density and variable density IT equipment create conditions that traditional data center cooling was never intended to address, resulting in cooling systems that are oversized, inefficient, and unpredictable. Room, row, and rack-based cooling methods have been developed to address these problems. This paper describes these improved cooling methods and provides guidance on when to use each type for most next generation data centers. Read White Paper #130
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          White Paper #68
          Cooling Strategies for IT Wiring Closets and Small Rooms

          Cooling for IT wiring closets is rarely planned and typically only implemented after failures or overheating occur. Historically, no clear standard exists for specifying sufficient cooling to achieve predictable behavior within wiring closets. An appropriate specification for cooling IT wiring closets should assure compatibility with anticipated loads, provide unambiguous instruction for design and installation of cooling equipment, prevent oversizing, maximize electrical efficiency, and be flexible enough to work in various shapes and types of closets. This paper describes the science and practical application of an improved method for the specification of cooling for wiring closets. Read White Paper #68
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          White Paper #153
          Implementing Hot and Cold Air Containment in Data Centers

          Containment solutions can eliminate hot spots and provide energy savings over traditional uncontained data center designs. The best containment solution for an existing facility will depend on the constraints of the facility. While ducted hot aisle containment is preferred for highest efficiency, cold aisle containment tends to be easier and more cost effective for facilities with existing raised floor air distribution. This paper investigates the constraints, reviews all available containment methods, and provides recommendations for determining the best containment approach. Read White Paper #153
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          White Paper #50
          Cooling Options for Rack Equipment with Side-to-Side Airflow

          Equipment with side-to-side airflow presents special cooling challenges in the modern data center. Common rack enclosures and rack layouts are fundamentally incompatible with side-to-side cooling, resulting in equipment that receives supply air of excessive temperature. This paper describes the problem along with several side-effects that are not generally appreciated. Various solutions to the problem are described along with their costs and benefits. Read White Paper #50
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          White Paper #123
          Impact of High Density Hot Aisles on IT Personnel Work Conditions

          The use of modern enclosed hot aisles to address increasing power densities in the data center has brought into question the suitability of working conditions in these hot aisle environments. In this paper, it is determined that the additional heat stress imposed by such high density IT environments is of minimal concern. Read White Paper #123
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          White Paper #135
          Impact of Hot and Cold Aisle Containment on Data Center Temperature and Efficiency

          Both hot-air and cold-air containment can improve the predictability and efficiency of traditional data center cooling systems. While both approaches minimize the mixing of hot and cold air, there are practical differences in implementation and operation that have significant consequences on work environment conditions, PUE, and economizer mode hours. The choice of hot-aisle containment over cold-aisle containment can save 43% in annual cooling system energy cost, corresponding to a 15% reduction in annualized PUE. This paper examines both methodologies and highlights the reasons why hot-aisle containment emerges as the preferred best practice for new data centers. Read White Paper #135
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          White Paper #182
          The Use of Ceiling-Ducted Air Containment in Data Centers

          Ducting hot IT-equipment exhaust to a drop ceiling can be an effective air management strategy, improving the reliability and energy efficiency of a data center. Typical approaches include ducting either individual racks or entire hot aisles and may be passive (ducting only) or active (include fans). This paper examines available ducting options and explains how such systems should be deployed and operated. Practical cooling limits are established and best-practice recommendations are provided. Read White Paper #182
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          White Paper #199
          How to Fix Hot Spots in the Data Center

          Data center operators take a variety of actions to eliminate hot spots. Some of these actions result in short term fixes but may come with an energy penalty and some actions may even create more hot spots. Airflow management is an easy and cost effective way to permanently eliminate hot spots while saving energy and can avoid the capital expense of adding more cooling units. This paper describes the root cause of hot spots, recommends methods to identify them, reviews the typical actions taken, and provides the best practices to eliminate them. Read White Paper #199
      • Learn

        Cooling Training at Energy University


        Visit the Schneider Electric Energy University for access to over 20 free, self-paced cooling courses. Learn more about Energy University

        iPad Cooling app


        Explore the wide range of data center cooling solutions and see the technology at work. Download the app

        Trade-off Tool: Data Center InRow™ Containment Selector


        Trade-off tool that shows the impact of preferences and constraints on the recommended containment approach. Data Center InRow™ Containment Selector

        EcoAisle Containment


        Hot and cold air containment systems designed to maximize cooling predictability, capacity, and efficiency at the rack, row or room. EcoAisle Containment

        Cooling Solutions for IT Equipment


        Right-sized systems for every environment, from network closets to data centers. Cooling Solutions for IT Equipment

        NetShelter SX Solutions for Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Networking Switches


        Product brochure and part number guide for the Side Airflow Duct Solution and enclosures for the Nexus 7000 Series level. NetShelter SX Solutions for Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Networking Switches

        NetShelter SX Solutions for Cisco Catalyst and MDS Networking Switches


        NetShelter Networking Enclosures featuring Airflow Duct Kits. NetShelter SX Solutions for Cisco Catalyst and MDS Networking Switches

        Vertical Exhaust Duct (VED) for NetShelter SX Quick Reference


        The Vertical Exhaust Duct (VED) System is a low cost easy to install solution that mounts to the top rear of NetShelter enclosures to capture and return hot exhaust air to perimeter cooling systems. Vertical Exhaust Duct (VED) for NetShelter SX Quick Reference

        If you’re not using some type of containment system in your data center, you’re likely sacrificing about a 30% improvement in cooling system performance, this podcast explains why. Boost Cooling System Performance with Containment Systems

        This blog details six potential air containment solutions you can choose between to save energy. Six Air Containment Solutions Will Help You to Save Energy in Your Existing Data Centers

        Which is best for an existing facility – hot air or cold air containment? Hot or Cold Air Containment? Examine Your Constraints to Decide

        Three typical approaches to deploying ceiling-ducted air containment. Did You Choose the Right Ceiling-ducted Air Containment for Your Data Center?
      • Watch

        • EcoAisle: Flexibility Meets Innovation

          The EcoAisle system delivers the most flexibility within a standard product, making it the best choice for both cold and hot aisle containment. View the video to see what else EcoAisle has to offer.
        • US Cooling Capabilities for the Data Center and Beyond

          An out-of-date, inefficient cooling system has a significant impact on your bottom line no matter what business you're in. Schneider Electric can upgrade your facility with a full range of Business-wise, Future-driven cooling solutions that are scalable, flexible, reliable and efficient.