How Aisle Containment Reduces Operational Costs

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For years, organizations have been using hot-aisle/cold-aisle configurations to manage airflow in the data center, extend server life and lower cooling costs. In a hot-aisle/cold-aisle layout, the fronts of the server racks face each other and draw in cold air to cool equipment. Hot air is exhausted from the backs of the servers, which also face each other, preventing hot air from being drawn into fronts of the server racks and overheating equipment. The Department of Energy estimates that this configuration reduces fan energy use by 20 percent to 25 percent.

For organizations seeking to squeeze every last dollar in energy savings from their data centers, a hot-aisle/cold-aisle configuration doesn’t go far enough. Data center server and storage densities – and the cost of electricity – continue to rise, wiping out much of the savings gained. At the same time, air still flows freely throughout the data center, mixing cold air with hot air and wasting a significant amount of cooling energy.

The most effective way to optimize energy efficiency and reduce cooling costs in the data center is to install an aisle containment system. The hot-aisle/cold-aisle layout remains, but cold air and hot air are isolated by partitioning off each aisle. Aisle containment dramatically reduces the amount of space that needs to be cooled and enables organizations to achieve the same level of cooling with a higher temperature setting.

Aisle containment allows for higher server and storage densities, increasing the computing capacity of the data center without increasing the risk of overheating. Energy consumption is more stable and predictable, making it easier to set accurate budgets for data center cooling. Capital expenses can be offset by operational cost savings resulting from lower cooling costs and a more powerful IT infrastructure.

Various aisle containment systems have used everything from sliding doors to heavy vinyl curtains to metal panels as partitions. There has also been a debate among experts about which approach to aisle containment is most effective – hot-aisle containment or cold-aisle containment. DAMAC accomplishes both, combining cutting-edge design, state-of-the-art materials and easy, flexible installation to create an aisle containment system that can quadruple cooling efficiency.

The DAMAC aisle containment system uses a clear, polycarbonate panel to cap the top of the racks in the cold aisle. Installed with adjustable cabinet-mating brackets, this panel’s eight-millimeter, twin wall construction makes it a natural insulator. Insulated containment doors supported by a tubular-steel, floor-mounted structure are installed at both ends of the aisle. In the hot aisle, similar containment doors are installed, while vertical panels at the rear of the racks extend to the ceiling, directing hot exhaust air into a hot air return or out of the room through the ceiling.

While most manufacturers design aisle containment systems for standard-sized racks and aisles, DAMAC has the versatility to create customized systems. Our aisle containment system can be easily installed on any standard third-party rack, but if you have incomplete or missing racks, or your aisles don’t conform to standard sizes, DAMAC can create a customized system to meet your specific requirements.

Let us show you how DAMAC can reduce your organization’s operational costs by optimizing cooling efficiency and enabling greater computing capacity with our aisle containment system.