Data center case studies part of ASHRAE book

Power, heat put a strain on systems, author finds

By Plant Engineering Staff May 23, 2008

Data centers are becoming increasingly more difficult to adequately cool, due to increased datacom performance that results in increased heat dissipation.

Even though performance has increased at a more rapid rate than power, the power required and the resulting heat dissipated by the datacom equipment is putting a strain on data centers.

Case studies and guidance on cooling data centers is available in a new book from ASHRAE , High Density Data Centers — Case Studies and Best Practices.

“In the struggle to improve the thermal management characteristics of data centers, it is important to assess today’s data center designs,” Roger Schmidt said. “This book provides case studies of high density data centers and a range of ventilation schemes that demonstrate how loads can be cooled using a number of different approaches.”

The cost of High Density Data Centers — Case Studies and Best Practices is $54 (ASHRAE members, $43). To order, contact ASHRAE Customer Service at (800) 527-4723 or visit at .