Slightly OT: Calculating HVAC requirements for server rooms

joel.mercado at verizon.net joel.mercado at verizon.net
Sat May 2 08:25:30 CDT 2009


   In modern data Centers drop ceiling is installed. The reason being you
   can create a AIR plenum. If your not going to have a air plenum then
   you should not have a drop ceiling. If you look at the in the link
   below you will see were the red arrows are thats were you would
   installed drop ceiling perferated tiles. Then the crack you will have a
   housing that sits ontop of the crack unit connected the ceiling to it
   and pulls air in.



   [1]http://www.panduit.com/stellent/groups/marketing-corp/documents/land
   ing_pages/~export/CMSCONT_034718~13/34864-5.gif







   Jmercado
   May 2, 2009 06:53:16 AM, [2]jbates at brightok.net wrote:

     William Herrin wrote:
     > You shouldn't even *have* a drop ceiling in a modern computer
     room.
     > You want the room to be as tall as practical so that the air from
     the
     > hot aisles has somewhere to go on its way back to the HVAC, other
     than
     > back through and around the cabinets.
     >
     I love my 30' ceiling. Even with all the things that are wrong with
     our
     HVAC setup, the servers survive due to that ceiling.
     > Personally, I've found that there's a pretty wide disparity
     between
     > HVAC professionals that are capable of hooking up a CRAC and
     turning
     > it on versus HVAC professionals that understand the holistic
     picture
     > including hot aisles, cold aisles, humidity control and flow. I
     > wouldn't want to call in a professional without first
     understanding
     > the problem well enough to assess whether I was getting a
     competent
     > answer.
     I had this issue. They hooked up the redundant systems, but didn't
     bother with much else. The return feed is below the units pulling
     ambient air, and the cold air is injected 15+ feet above the isle
     behind
     the servers, intermixing with the hot air as it rises up the wall.
     At least it works, but it could be better and changes will need to
     be
     made before I can reach 50% capacity in the racks.
     Jack

References

   1. http://www.panduit.com/stellent/groups/marketing-corp/documents/landing_pages/~export/CMSCONT_034718~13/34864-5.gif
   2. mailto:jbates at brightok.net



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