Role of Best Practices
The Code of Conduct Best Practices for Datacentres is provided as an education and reference document as part of the Code of Conduct to assist data centre operators in identifying and implementing measures to improve the energy efficiency of their data centres. A broad group of expert reviewers from operators, vendors, consultants, academics, professional and national bodies have contributed to and reviewed & validated the compilation of these Best Practices.
Click HERE for a link to the latest version to the EU Code of Conduct for Datacentre Best Practices.
8 Solutions are predominantly focusing on Cooling Best Practices, with particular emphasis to the datacentre airflow dynamics.
Cooling of the Data Centre is frequently the largest energy loss in the facility and as such represents a significant opportunity to improve efficiency.
The objective of airflow management is to circulate only the necessary amount of air through the datacentre at any time that is required to remove the heat actually created by the IT equipment. This means no air returns to the cooling system without absorbing heat and no air circulates more than one time through the IT equipment.
Poor airflow management often results in attempts to compensate by reducing cooling unit air supply temperatures or supplying excessive air volumes, which has an energy penalty. Addressing these issues will deliver more uniform equipment inlet temperatures and allow set points to be increased (with the associated energy savings) without the risk of equipment overheating. Implementation of air management actions alone does not result in an energy saving – they are enablers which need to be tackled before temperature set points can be raised or airflow volumes reduced.