50% of U.S. Data Centers to Upgrade Cooling Systems by End of 2016

12/17/2015 |

New cooling technologies offer improved efficiency, greener operations

Data center

Data center cooling system upgrades will be a popular improvement in 2016, according to a new survey from Emerson Network Power. Over 51% of data centers in the U.S. and Canada are either in the process of performing an upgrade or plan to begin one in the next 12 months. The findings, which showed 20% in the process and 31% projecting to perform upgrades soon, also reveal that 62% of upgrades are in data centers under 10,000 square feet and just 18% are in data centers larger than 50,000 square feet.

Variable speed drives were the most popular improvement, present in 43% of upgrades, followed closely by thermal controls to optimize variable speed technology performance (41%), and economizers at 40%. While upgrades are clearly rising in popularity, the process is not without hurdles, with receiving budget approval being cited as the most difficult part of the upgrade process.

Respondents noted a variety of drivers behind the large amount of upgrades, including better reliability, improved energy efficiency, and more capacity. Green goals also received a mention, with 39% saying that improvements would need to meet state energy goals, 32% citing ENERGY STAR requirements, and 23% citing LEED credits.

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See how professionals like you are taking advantage of the highest performing precision cooling system for their computer rooms and data centers, and why Data Aire is fast-becoming the number one choice for facility managers and building owners looking to decrease their energy consumption. 

Data Aire understands how digital technology and data gravity is rapidly impacting and transforming businesses. That’s why they developed ultra-efficient cooling technology to support the most modern (and not-so-modern) data centers.  Learn how One Wilshire in Los Angeles, one of the most advanced carrier hotels today, is surpassing California's strict energy efficiency requirements with Data Aire’s purpose-built system, which provide full-economization for 260 days – almost 72% of the year. That’s a measurable savings! Furthermore, the projected PUE on an annual basis for a full load is at or below 1.2.


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