How To Plan An Energy Efficient Server Room

Server Room Air Flow

Through out the UK server rooms and datacentres face unprecedented pressures related to energy usage. The first issue is one of securing a reliable power supply and the second is one of how to use power most efficiently within the computing environment. The UK national grid has traditionally had a high capacity of reserve supply. […]

The Replacement of Server Room Air Conditioners Refrigerants

R22 Refrigerant Timescales

From 2015, it became illegal to use Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), including the ozone-depleting refrigerant gas R22, in refrigeration, heat pump and air conditioning (AC) systems. R22 was commonly used in cooling systems pre-dating 2004 and its ban has had a major effect on air-conditioning costs. R22 Refrigerant History R22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) and greenhouse gas […]

The Future of Internet of Things Connected HVAC Systems

Internet of Things Enabled Air Conditioners

The statement that our world is becoming more inter-connected is an understatement when you consider ‘The Internet of Things’ (IoT). In the world of HVAC and cooling systems it is easy to see that air conditioning systems are becoming more intelligent with a greater range of remote communications options which should lead to improvements in […]

Improving Server Room and Datacentre Energy Efficiency

Server Room Air Cooling

Demand for on-site server rooms continues to grow at a similar pace to that for ‘Cloud’ based datacentre services. This may seem strange but not all organisations want to move their data processing operations to remote colocation datacentres (Colos). These organisations want to have their own ‘local’ operations and/or retain some aspect of control of […]

How The Right Cooling System Can Prevent Datacentre Downtime

Airflow in a datacentre

Whether you are running an in-house enterprise server room or colocation datacentre, critical power and cooling are key environmental factors that must be managed to prevent IT system operating errors, erroneous alarm conditions, data processing errors, system malfunctions and unexpected shutdowns Thermodynamic airflows are an important aspect to consider when designing a server room or […]

The Energy Efficiency Audit Process

Server Room Environments - Energy Efficiency Audits

Energy Efficiency Energy efficiency is one of the most critical aspects of any datacentre or server room environment to monitor and control. The reason for this is the rising cost of energy within the UK and for large-scale users the amount of money any electricity usage drains from operating budgets. It is important when carrying […]

Planning Mission Critical IT Environments

Mission Critical Environments

For many organisations power is a critical agenda item. Whether the organisation is a private sector or stock market listed company, public sector or non-for-profit operation, decisions will have to made on whether to operate a server room in-house or outsource the operation to a cloud provider or a combination of the two. Most organisations […]

Why Server Rooms Use Raised Access Floors

Server Room Environments Raised Access Floors

Raised access floors are a standard component in the design of a server room or datacentre. They provide many benefits including a modular and flexible approach to how equipment is powered, cooled and even placed within the IT space. The construction consists of a floor tile that sits a set of four pedestals which are […]

The Difference Between General and Specific Site Surveys

Server Room Environments Thermal Site Surveys

A site survey by one of the team at Server Room Environments can cover many aspects of a site and its critical infrastructure systems. The survey may be carried out on a ‘green field’ or ‘brown field’ site for a new build or refurbishment, system upgrade or end-of-life decommissioning and recycling. We provide free site […]