Data Center Airflow Management Basics:
Economics of Containment Systems
Based on data from the June 2016 United States Data Center Energy Usage Report, the average individual rack density for a rack full of servers will range between 4 kW and 11 kW by 2020. It is important to recognize that as rack densities exceed 4 kW, traditional hot aisle/cold aisle configurations become less effective. Hot air recirculates over and through the cabinet, causing hot spots, which is typically met with the costly oversupply of cold air.
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