Airflow management is one of the biggest areas that data centre managers can make the biggest energy savings. Many data centres are over cooled, mainly due to poor airflow management. There are a number of simple improvements that can be made that will improve airflow management within the data centre, from sealing cable openings and blanking unused rack space to improving the air delivery through floor grilles and balancing intake and exhaust airflow. EDP Europe are a leading distributor of best-of-breed airflow managment solutions, that include:
KoldLok® Raised Floor Grommets are distributed in EMEA by EDP Europe. Sealing cable openings with KoldLok® Grommets reduces bypass airflow, and improves the energy efficiency of the Data Centre's cooling system.
HotLok blanking panels are 1U or 2U snap-in blanking panels from Upsite Technologies. HotLok blanking panels provide an effective seal in unused rack space that is 29% better than that of their nearest competitor. The state-of-the-art design of the HotLok blanking panels controls airflow for optimised cooling effectiveness. HotLok blanking panels are available in black, white or RAL7035 with some HotLoks also incorporating the Upsite Temperature Strip.
Improving rack airflow plays an important role in data centre airflow management. By preventing hot server exhaust air from circulating back to the front of the rack and mixing with the cold air cooling the servers can efficiently improve their cooling and make energy cost savings. One important part of improving rack airflow mangement is the use of blanking panels. EDP Europe offer the leading blanking panel solutions in HotLok® 1U and 2U blanking panels, and PlenaFill® 27U blanking panel sheets. EDP also offers other products that prevent hot air recirculating between the rails and side of racks and underneath the rack.
RackSEAL is a rack air barrier designed to seal the gaps between cabinet sides and mounting rails, between adjoining racks or between rack bases and the floor when the racks are on castors. RackSEAL rack air barrier is a compressed foam tape that is quick and easy to install, thanks to an adhesive acrylic scrim. RackSEAL is available in two compressed widths.
EDP Europe are distributors of Triad Floor Grilles. The Triad Floor Grille is specially designed to provide positive airflow across the entire tile, the result is better stratification and dispersion of air from the floor grille.
Cold Aisle Containment is a popular way of cooling high density server installations. Cold Aisle Containment works by enclosing the entire cool aisle so containing the cold air and preventing it from mixing. EDP offers it's own retro-fit cold aisle containment system that can be fitted to existing rows of cabinets. Because it is a retro-fit solution it can also be used for hot aisle containment. EDP Europe also offer Rittal's cold aisle containment solution.
Hot Aisle Containment is an alternative to Cold Aisle Containment, but with the hot aisle being contained instead. With Hot Aisle Containment the hot air is directed back to the cooling system, usually via a ceiling plenum. With both aisle containment systems, by preventing hot and cold air from mixing significant energy efficiency improvements can be made.
EDP Europe are the exclusive EMEA distributors for Opengate Data Systems. Opengate products include their Containment Cooling® cabinet solution and SwitchAir™ network switch cooling solution. Opengate from EDP.
PlenaForm® under floor air baffle, fits under raised data centre floors and directs the cold air to where it is required. Using PlenaForm® allows the under floor area to be segmented improving cooling capacity. The use of PlenaForm® air baffles is another way of improving data centre cooling.