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

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Ventilation is the most effective and practical cooling strategy for most IT closets, whether implemented with the assistance of fans or as a passive cooling technique. The emergence of ventilation systems specifically designed and characterized for IT closets simplifies the selection process and allows for implementation of standardized closet cooling solutions across the board.

However, when the power level for critical closets is over 2000 watts (4500 watts for non-critical closets), or the ambient air outside the closet is hot, uncontrolled, or contaminated, dedicated air conditioning should be used as a cooling method. The use of existing comfort air conditioning systems for closet cooling is not recommended because it will almost always result in wide closet temperature fluctuations.

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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