Data centers must accommodate massive power demand, high heat loads, strict maintenance protocols, and super-tight security. This course discusses important trends in design and construction for this sector, including free cooling, power usage effectiveness, active cooling, aisle containment strategies, modular solutions, green power, cabling placement, converged infrastructure, and cloud computing.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
+ discuss two primary strategies for free cooling for energy savings and environmental improvement in data centers.
+ describe potential uses of renewable energy for data centers.
+ explain the pros and cons of overhead vs. underfloor cabling and air supply in data centers, especially the implications for occupant safety.
+ understand trends in data use, computing, and facility infrastructure that are changing data center design, particularly packaged systems and cloud computing.