The data center and energy efficiency are not always terms used together. Traditionally speaking, data center managers were responsible for the operation of the center, maximizing performance according to the needs of the business and not the consumption of energy. While this mentality is still in play throughout the data center space, more and more organizations are examining methods for improving the use of energy to reduce their costs. As a result, there is increased attention placed on the cloud data center.
A recent Panduit page examined the company’s energy efficient cabinet systems built for today’s cloud data center. The company understands the strains placed on today’s data centers are becoming more integrated. Power consumption and bandwidth use are increasing as consolidation and virtualization demand rises. The cloud data, to respond to these demands, must integrate solutions that enable efficient use of energy, while also cooling the systems.
To meet this demand, Panduit has developed a line of high-density, high-load bearing energy efficient cabinets. The range of modular components available from Panduit for the cloud data center address cooling, power, cable management and space challenges. Plus, the company has collaborated with global strategic alliances to ensure these cabinets are optimized as necessary to enhance the performance of servers, switches and storage equipment within the cloud data center.
The benefits afforded with the Panduit energy efficient cabinet systems include the maintenance of hot and cold air separation, as well as improvements in cooling efficiency and a reduction in energy consumption. And, when combined with an efficient cooling system within the cloud data center, energy costs are reduced by as much as 40 percent with the integrated thermal solution cabinets.
In taking a closer look at these cabinets, the Net-Access Cabinet System is designed specifically for high density server and switch applications. To promote airflow, it includes in-cabinet ducting and cable management options. To compliment the N-Series Cabinets, the S-Series Cabinet System manages space requirements, creating a complete and optimized physical infrastructure solution to address all Top of Rack and server switch architectures.
The Net-Contain line includes the Passive Thermal Containment Systems and the Cold Aisle Containment System. The former is designed to channel exhaust within the cloud data center directly into the ceiling plenum. It will also stratify the cold and hot air when a plenum is not available to eliminate the recirculation of hot exhaust into the cloud data center. The latter provides a physical separation between the hot air and cold air exhaust by closing the cold aisle and supplying cooling air at a uniform temperature to the equipment intakes.
Finally, In-cabinet Ducting is used to optimize cooling system efficiency with unique airflow patterns. This efficiency is enabled by establishing airflow patterns that run front-to-back throughout the cabinet. Such a design prevents hot air recirculation and allows a reduction in the inlet temperatures to improve performance and the efficiency of cooling.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman