At it’s core, virtual containment uses a system of products to ensure delivery of the right amount of air, as it is needed, directly to your data center’s equipment. This is achieved through a combination of directional airflow panels, airflow control devices, and doors at the end of the aisle which eliminates nearly all bypass air and provides an effective data center containment solution without the need for a roof.
Benefits of a Virtual Containment
- First cost savings over other containment strategies
- Comparable cooling capacity to physical containment
- Resolution of the fire suppression, light, or service distribution concerns associated with the addition of a roof in a physical containment solution
How Does Virtual Containment Work?
What follows is a more detailed look at how virtual containment and directional airflow can work for your data center.Unlike physical containment systems, virtual containment utilizes directional airflow panels which angle airflow toward the face of the rack, nearly eliminating bypass air while increasing cooling capacity and energy efficiency. These panels can achieve a 93% Capture Index – the amount of air delivered through the panel that directly enters the face of the server rack in front of that panel – significantly reducing the amount of bypass air.
Additionally, advances in directional airflow panel design have introduced multi-directional panels where airflow is split evenly and angled in two directions. This allows for delivery of directional airflow to racks on either side of a cold aisle in a legacy data center that has only one accessible airflow panel. And, for applications where less airflow is required but directionality is needed to more precisely match cooling with heat loads, perforated directional panels are available.
Using a directional panel can save more than 40 percent in fan energy by enabling a rack with equal load to be effectively cooled, using approximately half the CFM of a conventional panel. With less air required and higher Delta Ts, fewer computer room air-handling (CRAH) units may be needed in a new data center, reducing initial capital expenditures by up to 40 percent. In retrofit applications, CRAH units with fixed-speed fans can be set to standby mode, or variable-fan drives can be adjusted to operate at a lower static pressure, saving energy.
ProSource is an approved Tate Airflow Value Added Reseller. Tate Airflow is a global brand of next generation airflow management solutions for data centers. Tate’s innovative products efficiently manage the airflow in the data center by eliminating by-pass air to maximize capacity and reduce costs. Tate’s products are easily installed in existing or new data centers, and offer cost effective and energy efficient solutions to maximize airflow and create flexible self-monitoring cooling infrastructure.