Gartner Research

Hot-Aisle or Cold-Aisle Containment Are a Necessity for Cooling Efficiency

Published: 11 June 2013

ID: G00251032

Analyst(s): John R. Phelps

Summary

Although the number of companies employing airflow containment strategies continues to grow, there is confusion as to whether it is better to contain the hot or cold air. Data center designers should explore the impact of the different forms of containment on the data center cooling strategy.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Airflow management is the major component of most cooling solutions that data center designers implement to improve the PUE and DCiE
  • A data center designer's implementation of a cold-aisle containment solution can improve cooling efficiency and lower cooling costs
  • The implementation of a hot-aisle containment solution by data center designers will improve cooling efficiency and lower cooling costs
  • Bottom Line

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