A UK heatwave saw record temperatures of over 40C in July that clearly put data centers and their associated cooling infrastructure under pressure. Dr Stu Redshaw shares his thoughts on what happened and why - and most importantly tips for the future.
Since it was first published in 2004, ASHRAE’s ‘Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments’ has been a highly-regarded, vendor-neutral reference resource for data centre designers, operators and managers.
Despite best efforts, even the best run data centres still have cooling and thermal management issues. With cooling now representing around 30% of a data centre’s operating cost, it’s more important than ever for organisations to be focused on thermal optimisation.