Compare the benefits of hot aisle versus cold aisle containment as an efficient method for cooling your data centre or server room
Data Centre Infrastructure Management involves the integration of both facilities management and information technology within a business or organisation into one application.
Designed to bring together stand-alone functions such as data centre design, asset discovery and management, capacity planning, and energy management, the aim of it is to understand and reduce energy consumption.
DCIM as it is known for short - provides facilities and IT managers with real-time monitoring and management of all their infrastructure and physical assets ranging from rack or cabinet level to the cooling infrastructure to energy utilisation in one integrated single pane view. By providing them with the capability to locate, visualise and manage all of these assets, it allows managers to make faster and more informed decisions about the data centres critical systems.
By having one single operational platform and management tool, Data Centre Infrastructure Management can deliver a range of business and operational benefits, including increasing operational efficiency and reducing energy costs. This is because managers can accurately forecast and make short term and long term plans from the DCIMs real-time and metrics, which helps them to identify energy and resource waste and reduce energy consumption. It also will increase a business or organisations carbon footprint and keep capital and operational costs down.
High density IT equipment has brought about many changes to what could be considered the more traditional method for cooling data centres and server rooms. Historically a Perimeter or In Room cooling system was preferred for most medium to large data centre environments.
Perimeter or In Room cooling designs use Computer Room Air Conditioners (CRAC) which are usually positioned around the perimeter of the room and use the raised floor void to deliver cold air around the data centre. The cold air is pushed around the room by the CRAC units under the floor and released or delivered through perforated floor tiles strategically located in the cold aisle.