Cooling your data center may seem simple enough. You install conventional HVAC equipment, blow air through your data center, and call it a day, right?
Well, not necessarily. Data center cooling is a complex topic, and it can be easy to make mistakes that reduce the efficiency and effectiveness of cooling systems.
With that reality in mind, here’s a look at common data center cooling oversights and tips on how to avoid them.
1. Settling for Air Cooling
Air cooling — which means circulating air inside a data center to dissipate heat from servers and other equipment — is the traditional way to cool a data center. It’s also the simplest and, in terms of upfront cost, the cheapest because air circulating equipment is relatively inexpensive to install.
But there is an alternative to air cooling you should also consider: liquid cooling, a method that uses fluids to dissipate heat. In fact, liquid cooling can be up to 10 times more effective at moving heat from data center equipment than air. The downside is that liquid cooling systems