Active data centers run extremely hot. An unmonitored or poorly designed data center can be its own worst enemy. While servers have their own internal cooling mechanisms, hot air can still make its way into the server intakes. The result is overheating. Overheating of data center equipment can result in reduced server performance or equipment damage due to excessive heat. Aisle containment is often the solution.
One of the data center manager’s primary responsibilities is to keep the machines operating at an ideal temperature. Ideal temperature is between 70° and 75° F. A lay person would suggest that a manager could simply cool the entire room. This has proven to be both inefficient and costly. The cost of managing a data center can skyrocket as data centers became larger and more complex.
Data center aisle containment has become a standard in the industry, saving companies thousands of dollars every year. The data center manager can fully separate cold airflow from exhaust air coming from hot equipment. The results are a supply temperature that is uniform and predictable.