In today’s dynamic data centre environment, IT equipment is refreshed on a frequent basis. These changes often leave open U-spaces and gaps between equipment and the enclosure that allow re-circulation of hot exhaust air to the equipment inlet. This can cause overheating of the equipment and subsequent shutdown of servers when the maximum temperature threshold is reached. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), as well as most major server and storage manufacturers recognize this issue and recommend that steps be taken to maximize and improve the hot aisle/cold aisle airflow system in the data centre. TAB Technical Environments understands this need and is proud to offer a wide range of airflow management accessories, all designed with the sole purpose of ensuring that cold, unmixed air is directed specifically to the critical equipment that needs it. TAB recommends the following best practices for your data centre:
Blanking Panels – ensure that air is not wasted and remixed due to empty U-space in your enclosures. Available in plastic, metal or clear lexan (for reverse mounted equipment) and in single or bulk packages.
Brush Strips – ensure that you are getting effective airflow control and preventing remix when cables are run through the floor or ceiling of your data centre. TAB offers both Koldlok and Hotblock styles of infloor and raised grommet accessories.
Gromments – offer exceptional airflow with 75% perforation, a 19% increase over the industry standard. These are available as front or rear format, full or split format, left or right hinged and are also field reversible. The doors feature tool-less door removal, a brushed aluminum door pull and a variety of locks for your secure environment.
High Flow Doors – create more efficient cold aisles by blocking an obvious cold-air escape route and entry for hot air re-circulation and air mixing. Flexible enough to install almost anywhere on any manufacturer’s brand enclosure and decreases wasted air by as much as 70%. Available in three styles – from simple containment curtains to building-integrated cafe-style doors and full containment walls.
End Row Doors – ensure that you can have effective cable management without having to sacrifice airflow management. TAB offers a wide range of brush strips compatible with our Paramount, Vantage and VS2 line of enclosures.