For decades, most organizations have architected their data centers from the outside in. That is, they’ve started by designing a building and then figured out how to position and cool the server racks inside that building. Increasingly however, that time-honored design process is proving incapable of efficiently coping with steadily climbing power densities and data center operating temperatures.
As a result, companies are slowly beginning to embrace a radical new approach to data center design in which they plan new facilities from the inside out, by selecting rack and cooling technologies first and then designing a structure around them.
This white paper discusses the issues making data center cooling more challenging than ever and explains why starting the data center design process with the racks rather than the room can help businesses reduce energy consumption, increase capacity and optimize floor space utilization.