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

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The American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Condition Engineers (ASHRAE) develops general temperature guidelines under which IT equipment should operate. Manufacturers are increasingly producing equipment that is far less vulnerable to temperature and humidity. In response, the ASHRAE TC 9.9 standard expands the recommended operating temperature range to 68-77°F (20-25°C). The allowable operating temperature range is 59-90°F (15-32°C).

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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