Server rooms all need some form of cooling. Typically you have many, many heat generating devices in a small area.
Ignore server room cooling at your peril, servers get hotter and hotter, if the heat can’t escape it’s worse. When it’s a tiny room packed full of servers, it can get like an oven.
You might think the best way around this is to get a fixed air conditioner fitted. It sounds obvious, but in reality there might be a better option, there’s good reason to think about the other options.
The alternative is a portable system. Now this might sound counter-intuitive, but infact, when a server room is designed around a mobile unit there will be room for that mobile unit. If there’s a breakdown with a fixed system it can be weeks or months of waiting for a part, or if it’s an old system it might mean a new system needs to be installed. With a portable, it’s simply a case of wheeling the broken unit out and wheeling another in.
When buying a portable or mobile air conditioner for your server room, it’s really worth thinking carefully about the type you buy.
Rather than simply buying the normal monobloc type with the tumble dryer hose on the back – consider a water cooled unit.
Advantage number one – piping water allows you to site the unit deeper in a building – the water can be piped up to 30 metres away.
Secondly you get less radiant heat feedback off the pipe than a hose, making them more efficient.
Thirdly they don’t create negative air pressure like a monobloc, so don’t suck warm air into the room from the corridor.
Finally, if it’s cold outside – as it is for much of the year in the uk, the compressor won’t need to kick in to cool – it will simply push the water through the cold radiatior outisde, then pull it back in to draw more heat out of the room.
The saving in electricity is great, it means the water cooled is a truly eco solution, perfect server room cooling.
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