Posted by: Electric Thoughts™ | September 17, 2012

Data Center Risk

Surprising Areas of Data Center Risk and How to Proactively Manage Them

Mission critical facilities need a different level of scrutiny and control over cooling management.

It’s no surprise that cooling is critical to the security of these facilities.  With requirements for 99.999 uptime and multimillion dollar facilities at risk, cooling is often the thin blue line between data safety and disaster.

And yet, many mission critical facilities use cooling control systems that were designed for comfort cooling, versus the reliable operation of hugely valuable and sensitive equipment.

When people get warm, they become uncomfortable. When IT equipment overheats, it fails – often with catastrophically expensive results.

In one recent scenario, a 6-minute chiller plant failure resulted in lost revenue and penalties totaling $14 million.  In another scenario, the failure of a single CRAC unit caused temperatures to shoot up to over 100 degrees Fehrenheit in a particular zone, resulting in the failure of a storage array.

These failures result from a myriad of complex, and usually unrealized risk areas.  My recent talk at the i4Energy Seminar series hosted by the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE) exposes some of these hidden risk areas and what you can do about them.

You can watch that talk here:

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