This Is Why You Need Air-Conditioning for Data Centres
A lot goes into keeping data centres safe and secure. More than you may realise, but not really so much as to make management complicated and time-consuming. Even though CCI Technology Solutions can manage all the logistics of running data centres on behalf of businesses, it still helps business owners and their IT staff to know what goes into the management of this technology in case they want to do it themselves. One of the key components in this field is climate control, or more specifically – air-conditioning. This article will explain why air-conditioning is not only important but essential to the optimum functioning of data centres.
Climate Control for Data Centres Explained
Data centres generate a lot of heat. Think about how warm your desktop computer or laptop gets when it has been active for a while. Usually, the heat generated by these electronics is almost negligible, but only because we tend to use them in open spaces and the equipment itself is on a relatively smaller scale. It’s still important to keep computers and laptops cool, so they usually come pre-installed with fans that help dissipate heat and move it away from internal components.
Data centres are essentially a much larger collection of hardware in a comparatively smaller, unventilated space (mostly due to security concerns), which means they require more specialised cooling and care than the paltry fans that exist inside most computers. The biggest contributors to the amount of heat generated are the storage of active technology in a confined space, the confined space itself, and the nature of the technology. Since computers and hard drives are essentially a collection of wires and circuits, they produce heat when electricity runs through them. On a smaller scale (such as in a home computer), this process is easy to manage and won’t require much input (besides the occasional usage of a cooling pad or fan). The need for specialised air-conditioning in larger-scale operations is explained below.
Due to the nature of data centres, they require increased and more specialised air-conditioning than regular computers. The necessity of keeping so much hardware in a confined space due to safety and security concerns means a lot of heat will accumulate in the room where the hardware is kept. Without proper ventilation and air-conditioning, temperatures can skyrocket, which can lead to damaged hardware and fire risks, not to mention an increase in humidity (which can cause a lot of problems on its own). If the hardware is compromised, the data is compromised, which could lead to significant financial losses, especially if there are no backups for the data. It is thus essential to manage heat and ventilation to prevent or mitigate financial losses.
Air-conditioning (also referred to as climate control) works by dissipating heat and hot air or moving it from one place to another where it can dissipate naturally. It’s not enough to simply use a fan in the enclosed room, because that will only move the hot air from one part of the room to the other, which won’t make much of a difference (if any). Air-conditioning needs to be consistent, and any disruptions need to be fixed or attended to immediately.
What Else Is Needed?
There are additional factors to take into consideration to keep your data infrastructure safe. This includes physical security, backup power, and hazard suppression. Physical security includes gates or access points with special locks, as well as CCTV cameras and monitoring. In terms of backup power, a generator is usually used to keep the power supply consistent in case of a blackout. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to this, so generators can generally be scaled according to the needs of the business. In terms of hazard suppression, fire control systems and environmental monitoring is the norm to keep physical damage in emergencies to a minimum.
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