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Emerson Network Introduces SmartAisle Solution for Data Center Cooling
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March 11, 2010

Emerson Network Introduces SmartAisle Solution for Data Center Cooling

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor

As high heat densities continue to reach to the peak of data center cooling, Emerson Network Power (News - Alert), a business of Emerson and the worldwide leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity, has introduced the SmartAisle cooling management solution to increase cooling efficiency and rack capacity.

Optimizing on the hot aisle/cold aisle rack configuration, the flexible SmartAisle solution contains the cold aisle to prevent hot and cold air from mixing, while adding a layer of intelligent management through the Liebert iCOM control system. The SmartAisle solution is available to customers worldwide.
Emerson Network Power is the global pioneer in enabling Business-Critical Continuity from grid to chip for telecommunication networks, data centers, health care and industrial facilities. Emerson Network Power gives innovative solutions and expertise in areas including AC and DC power and precision cooling systems, embedded computing and power, integrated racks and enclosures, power switching and controls, infrastructure management, and connectivity. All solutions worldwide are supported by local Emerson Network Power service technicians.
The key features of the SmartAisle solution include thirty percent energy savings and a 25 percent cooling capacity increase without compromising availability, due to the combination of cold aisle containment and accurate aisle-level control of temperature, humidity and airflow; Compatibility with both Knurr cabinets or existing IT racks, and with variable capacity Liebert DS and Liebert CW cooling units containing Liebert iCOM controls, as well as row-based Liebert CRV and Liebert XD systems with Liebert iCOM controls; the Liebert iCOM control system allows monitoring, control and communications vital to the SmartAisle solution’s significant performance improvement over standard containment structures.
Remote sensors in both the hot and cold aisles helps Liebert iCOM to ensure proper temperature, humidity and airflow to the inlet of the servers; The SmartAisle solution can be used on raised or non-raised floors. Existing IT racks can be retrofitted with the SmartAisle solution containment system; the solution is capable of cooling up to 30kW per rack, depending on whether internal or external cooling is used with the cold aisle containment.
Fred Stack, vice president of marketing, Liebert Precision Cooling (North America), Emerson Network Power said that Containment had proven to be an effective approach to increasing cooling system efficiency, but containment without control would only be a partial solution. He further added that with the SmartAisle solution they taken containment to the next level, highlighting the results that can be achieved by providing greater control of the contained environment while also enabling a modular approach to data center optimization.

Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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