Everything You Need To Know About Air Conditioning For Data Centres
Technology has evolved a lot in the last one hundred years. It has even changed a lot in the last few years and decades alone. We went from having no computers at all at the turn of the 20th Century, to building-sized computers in the early 50s, and then computers (or equivalent technology) small enough to barely see. But with all advances in technology come the requirements to maintain that technology and to keep it functioning. We have to take precautions to protect the tech we buy, because it’s generally more expensive to get it fixed or replaced than it is to prevent damage from occurring in the first place. Since CCI Technology Solutions specialises in data centres and network cabling, we will focus on that for the purposes of this article. We will look at the specific need of air conditioning for data centres, as well as the power requirements needed to run them 24/7.
Air Conditioning Is Vital to The Functioning of Data Centres
Data centres use a lot of power, because they essentially need to run constantly. When any computer or piece of electrical equipment stays activated for an extended period, it tends to heat up. The reason for this is that the cables and wires responsible for keeping the technology powered become very hot due to the effects of the electricity running through those cables. To prevent any damage to the wiring and to the other components used in data centres, the heat needs to go somewhere. That is why air conditioning is vital to the functioning of data centres.
There is more to air conditioning than simply blowing cold air into a hot room or environment. If you did that, the cold air would just warm up and the already-hot air inside that environment wouldn’t go anywhere, or if it did somewhat cool down, it would simply reheat. Air conditioning works by essentially moving hot air out of a room by either directing it outside where it can dissipate, or by cooling it down with additional equipment. While cool air is actually blown back into the room to help lower the temperature, the most important aspect is removing the hot air from the equation. Not only does heat play direct havoc on electronics in the long term, but it also encourages humidity (which can wreak havoc on electrical equipment on its own), which in turn can encourage the growth of mold and other vectors harmful to both us and our computers (in this case, our data centres).
When air conditioning is not enough, we use climate control systems. These kinds of systems are used to not only control the temperature in an area, but also to directly account for humidity and other environmental aspects that can play a role in the functioning (or in the disruption) of technology. Since technology functions optimally at a certain temperature and within certain conditions, it is the role of climate control and air conditioning systems to ensure that these conditions are consistently met to reduce long-term (and expensive) wear-and-tear and maintenance requirements.
Data Centres Need to Keep Running 24/7
In addition to robust cooling systems, servers and similar kinds of setups require a constant supply of power. Since a business requires this kind of technology to function and to render certain basic services, it would be disastrous to have any amount of downtime as far as the servers are concerned. What’s more, it’s also quite possible that an unexpected loss of power could disrupt the flow of data enough to cause corruption in the data, which would be catastrophic for the business, as that data would then essentially be lost and would have to either be recovered manually or through painstaking data recovery processes. The simplest solution is to simply ensure that there is never a loss of power by using a combination of UPS (uninterrupted power supply) and the use of a generator.