How to Develop Cooling Solutions That Fit SMB IT Infrastructure and Budget Needs

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To determine the cooling solution that’s right for the specific wiring closet, you need to first determine ideal temperature settings for the environment. The final design must consider all variables that affect cooling.

First, specify the temperature the specific closet or network space should operate at. The typical recommended operating temperatures from IT equipment vendors are between 70°F (21°C) and 75°F (24°C). The maximum recommended temperature for active IT equipment in a wiring closet is usually 104°F (40°C).

Note: 104°F (40°C) is the maximum temperature at which the vendor is able to guarantee performance and reliability for the stated warranty period. It is important to understand that although the maximum published operating temperature is acceptable per the manufacturer, operating at that temperature will not generally provide the same level of availability or longevity as operating at lower temperatures can.

While small-to-medium sized businesses may not require the complex cooling systems typical of enterprise data centers, choosing the right cooling solution is still a critical component to ensuring IT services are delivered efficiently and with minimal downtime. Determining and implementing a correctly sized air conditioning system is a great way for SMBs to increase energy efficiency and avoid wasted electricity associated with unnecessary cooling. However, some IT managers may be unsure of where to begin. This slideshow outlines a number of steps, identified by Schneider Electric, that SMBs can take to ensure sustainability while also satisfying ASHRAE guidelines.


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