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October 23, 2017


How PVC Roll Can Help You Effectively Manage Your Data Centre Temperature

In this technological world, we live in, data centres are vital. A data centre is not just a facility crammed with servers all connected via cables; it is a place that is packed full of power systems and cooling equipment. Energy monitoring and temperature maintenance is essential in a data centre not just to ensure that all the machines work properly, but also to help control the costs and the energy used - and this is where PVC roll comes in. We have managed to source an Anti-Static Strip Curtain which not only helps to control temperatures in the data centre environment, but it also acts as a barrier against noise and dust.

Temperature monitoring is one of the core tasks of a data centre manager. In the past, the ideal temperature of a data centre was believed to have been at the lower end of the scale - around 18 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees Celsius. However, recent guidelines published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) state that datacentres can run at hotter temperatures than this if cooling is applied when required. What this means is potentially huge energy savings as the cooling requirement is far lower than normal.

However, this has an impact on the data centre manager’s role, as although temperature control of the overall centre is less of an issue, monitoring for hotspots becomes more critical. If a hot area is not identified and is, therefore, left alone, fires can occur which can damage equipment - through the fire itself and smoke damage too. Temperature monitoring in a data centre should, therefore, go hand in hand with hotspot and fire monitoring.

Management of airflow is also important in data centres, as the aim of most data centre managers has been to maintain the minimum amount of air flow through the area in order to maintain the average temperature at a steady pace. PVC roll is an excellent product to help with this as it means that people can enter and exit the data centre quickly and with as little disruption to the air temperature as possible.  However, the higher equipment densities that tend to be found in data centres today, now call for additional more targeted cooling as well. For example, peripheral switches will run at a cooler rate than a spinning magnetic disc drive, so each piece of equipment will need monitoring to ensure cooling is dynamic and reactive.

As you can see from this article, environmental monitoring is more important in data centres today than ever. The monitoring of airflow, fire and temperature are all critical and need coordinating sensibly. Using PVC roll to help ensure your data centre is environmentally stable will not only make your centre more energy efficient but will save you money in the long run as well.

For more information on our Anti-Static PVC Curtains or our full range of PVC roll, please call us on 0333 999 71717 or drop us an email to sales@stripcurtainsdirect.co.uk