ASHRAE releases publication on the impact of IT equipment on data center design

The book offers advice for designing structures in the fast-changing data center industry.

April 01, 2016 |
ASHRAE publication on impact of IT equipment on data center design released

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ASHRAE released a new book in its Datacom Series, “IT Equipment Design Impact on Data Center Solutions.”

“Technology in general, including the data center industry, changes faster than other industries,” said Don Beaty, publications chair of ASHRAE’s Technical Committee 9.9, Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment. “Disruption is around the corner in all aspects of our lives: social media, online retail, access to information and entertainment.  

“With everything from smartphones to thermostats generating data, back-end IT systems are experiencing massive hardware demands. Data centers must have a footprint that is flexible, scalable and adaptable. They must be able to move as fast as new applications are developed and keep up with new ideas, new architectures, and new ways of thinking. Although software is moving faster than hardware, hardware is still moving much faster than facilities.”

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