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    How to Set Up or Improve a Hot Aisle/Cold Aisle Layout

    Efficient Cooling Relies On Ensuring Proper Airflow & Preventing Air From Mixing

    Cooling is always a hot topic in data centers because it is essential to ensuring the operational efficiency of your equipment, but it can also contribute to higher operating costs if not done correctly. Hot aisle/cold aisle containment is a popular approach to cooling that aims to not only improve efficiency but also maximize your overall cooling investment. Here are some ways to either develop a hot/cold aisle strategy or improve your existing approach.

    Balance the Airflow

    Airflow balance is another key aspect of cooling efficiency. Ward Patton, critical environment specialist at Simplex Isolation Systems (949-939-0412), equates the process to pouring a liquid from a pitcher into a pint glass. “You have all of this excess, and what’s happening is that if you don’t balance the airflow, you’re using way too much air conditioning for the area that you’re trying to cool.”

    Overcooling can lead to inefficiency and higher costs, but by making some small tweaks, you can improve performance. “Once you implement the hot aisle/cold aisle containment, you build instant redundancy into the air conditioners that you have,” Patton says. “If you’re already getting it done with what you’ve got, you’re going to be ultra-efficient and have a backup for some type of catastrophic failure.”

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    Data Center Expert and Simplex Draw Record Crowd to AFCOM Chapter Meeting

    From our article in Controlled Environments, The leading source of information on cleanrooms and controlled environments:

    "Eugean Hacopians, a recognized expert on data center design for efficiencies and cooling, drew a record crowd at the AFCOM Chapter meeting on May 12, at the offices of nGenX, in Brookfield, WI. The event was sponsored by Simplex Isolation Systems, designers and manufacturers of the AirBlock line of data center curtains and partitions for effective hot aisle/cold aisle isolation. Hacopians is the senior systems engineer at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, a NASA project based at Caltech in Pasadena, CA. Because so much of what Hacopians does involves storing information in data centers, he has developed expertise in data center operations. He founded ARNETech to carry that information to other data center managers."

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