Efficient Data Center Cooling and Climate Management in the Age of the IoT

Chatsworth BTS

September 19, 2016

With the continuous advancement of cloud computing and the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT), modern enterprise data centers are having to push limits to provide uninterrupted service of the highest quality. Data center managers have to be more proactive than ever, restructuring their strategies to allow for greater capacity and expansion across the various areas of IT infrastructure.

According to a recent report by Data Centre Market Insights, power usage, space and the right data center design are still crucial concerns for data center managers. About 40 percent of data center managers stated that they are trying to improve everything from data center capacity, to better utilization of infrastructure resources.

A few strategies to successfully address the aforementioned concerns are discussed below.

Aisle Containment

Cooling energy inefficiencies expose the data center to poor separation of hot and cold air (causing loss of cooling effectiveness), air leaking through cabinets (allowing hot air circulation back into equipment inlets instead of flowing into the CRAC units) and airflow obstructions (constricting cooling airflow).

To combat these challenges, aisle containment systems that address efficient thermal management should be deployed. Efficient aisle control, as well as good environmental management, can really help a data center remain environmentally friendly.

It is also good practice to specify cabinets that can provide a complete front/rear seal around equipment to maximize airflow through the equipment. Furthermore, it’s important to specify a method of hot/cold air separation within the room. There are three basic solutions:

  • Vertical Exhaust Duct – removes hot exhaust air from the cabinet
  • Hot Aisle Containment – an enclosure built around the hot aisle that provides strong seal to minimize leakage
  • Cold Aisle Containment – an enclosure built around the cold aisle that provides strong seal to minimize leakage

Cold aisle containment can reduce fan energy by 20 – 25 percent, and deliver 20 percent energy savings from the chiller, all while paying for itself in about two years, according to PG&E.

Chatsworth Products (CPI) Aisle Containment Solutions offer superior airflow management, resulting in reduced operating costs, and are available in four standard configurations, each offering a unique and versatile approach to address the most pressing data center cooling needs:

  • Build to Spec Kit Hot Aisle Containment
  • Cabinet Supported Hot Aisle Containment
  • Frame Supported Hot Aisle Containment
  • Cabinet Supported Cold Aisle Containment

Adopting not only the latest technologies but an overall best practice approach, will significantly improve efficiency, resiliency and redundancy, ensuring the data center is prepared for the future demands of the connected world. Find out more about CPI’s Passive Cooling® Solutions—the most cost- and cooling-effective thermal management breakthrough on the market today.

Power Management

Increasing pressure to operate efficiently in order to reduce costs and increase IT capacity have introduced a new way of thinking on how power is being generated, designed, and managed in the data center. Over the past ten years, there has been a dramatic shift in the role of the data center, moving from being a pure cost, to a source of revenue. Operating a facility that can scale in real-time based on business requirements requires smarter capital investment.

Therefore, it is good practice to always monitor the power consumption rates. It’s important to look for ways to save on power based on actual requirements. By increasing the efficiency of the hardware throughout the power chain, it is possible to reduce operating expenses.

Chatsworth eConnect

CPI’s intelligent eConnect® power distribution units (PDUs) feature Secure Array™ IP Consolidation, which allows you to link up to 32 PDUs under a single IP address using standard Ethernet cables. This benefit reduces installation time and costs up to $400 per PDU. Try CPI’s eConnect Software Demo now.

Chatsworth Software

Additionally, CPI’s Power IQ® (PIQ) for eConnect software provides the information and controls you need to fully utilize your existing infrastructure resources, while alerting you to trouble before it causes downtime. With out-of-the-box compatibility with CPI eConnect rack-mount PDUs, PIQ software functionality scales to meet enterprise needs, allowing you to securely keep tabs on all your data centers and labs. Try Power IQ Software Demo now.

Environmental Monitoring

A modern best practice approach to cooling and climate management is improved monitoring of power and cooling, as well as measuring environmental variables.

Keeping track of environment variables will help create a more effective rack design. Some servers may generate more heat, while others may need more power. By determining which system is taking up which resources, administrators can better position their environment for optimal use.

t’s important to work with solutions that can provide the ability to look into the thermal and environmental performance of the infrastructure. Using such tools, an organization can make more informed decisions on how to build its rack infrastructure. It is also advisable to work with technologies that help to give options around environmental enclosures, efficient network and server cabinets and even designs supporting seismic protection. All of this will assist in improving data center efficiency, resiliency and redundancy.

Chatsworth RIM

CPI’s Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) System consists of a full line of appliances and sensors to provide continuous environmental, power and security monitoring in your data centers and equipment rooms. The RIM System allows for interconnectivity with building management systems and provides an integrated view of all facility equipment using a simple web interface.


CPI is committed to innovative design and cost-saving technological advancements within the IT infrastructure industry. Always striving for product solutions that implement the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® certification program, CPI also participates on standards committees and recommends accepted industry best practices of The Green Grid, AFCOM, ASHRAE, TIA and more to fulfill its commitment to true energy efficiency. To speak with a data center professional or to arrange an onsite visit, please contact us.