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Rittal Optimises Data Centre Energy Efficiency with Cold Aisle Containment Solution

  • 15 April, 2008 09:16

<p>Sydney, 15 April 2008 – Rittal, a leading worldwide provider of IT infrastructure technologies, has launched a cold aisle containment system which enables data centre managers to increase energy efficiency by optimising the operating temperature of their IT equipment.</p>
<p>Rittal’s cold aisle containment system provides conditioned air to an enclosed ‘cold aisle’ which ensures the thermal dynamics within data centre do not impact on the volume of cold air delivered to the front of the IT equipment. Furthermore, the system prevents the mixing of cold and warm air in the room and helps to ensure return air temperatures to air conditioning equipment is at a higher temperature.</p>
<p>“A data centre is a living environment and the addition of new equipment or the moving of equipment around a room can have an impact on the thermal balance. Containing the conditioned air in a ‘cold aisle’ ensures maximum efficiency as there is no chance for air to mix.” said Mark Roberts, Rimatrix5 Country Manager, Rittal.</p>
<p>The cold aisle containment system operates by guiding the cooled air over the data centre’s raised floor into a closed cold aisle between the server racks. The hardware components are cooled as much as required and they then blow the air (now heated) into the surrounding room, where it rises to the top. A "cushion" of warm air is then formed below the ceiling. As the cold aisle is blocked off, warm air cannot enter. The exhaust air, now heated, can then be freely extracted from the room via the
air-conditioning unit and, once cooled, let in again as cold air.</p>
<p>The cold aisle containment system also protects against sound emissions, creates a pleasant temperature for staff, and can be used with both conventional air circulation equipment and liquid cooling systems.</p>
<p>“The Rittal cold aisle containment system now provides data centre managers with a key ingredient in providing for a more sustainable operating environment,” added Roberts.</p>
<p>About Rittal</p>
<p>With an off-the-shelf range of over 10,000 standard products, Rittal is one of the world's leading system suppliers of housing and enclosure technologies and an in-demand solutions partner in all segments of the IT market. The company is one of the top international sources of 19" rack systems and is an OEM supplier to numerous leading server manufacturers.</p>
<p>The Rittal product range incorporates a multitude of unique solutions for the configuration of complex computer and data processing centres, including network and server racks, power management, cooling, monitoring, IT security and interactive terminal system.</p>
<p>Rittal operates 19 high-tech production locations, 60 international subsidiaries, 150 sales and logistics centres, and more than 70 agencies around the globe. With about 9,000 employees worldwide, Rittal International is the largest company of the Friedhelm Loh Group, based in Haiger, Germany.</p>

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