The world is on track for its hottest year on record and while most of us welcome the sunshine, businesses struggle to manage the heat.
As external temperatures continue to rise, data centre equipment demand more cooling power from air conditioning increasing energy consumption, risk of failure, and most importantly, costs. A report by Emerson and Ponemon Institute shows that an unplanned data centre outage costs nearly $9000 per minute with uninterruptible power supply (UPS) accounting for 25% of failures, shortly followed by 21% for heat, air conditioning and weather-related failures.
Air conditioning can come with issues: cooler temperatures; poor maintenance; and old equipment can all lead to a breakdown or an increase in data centre temperatures – resulting in IT failure. Poorly performing IT infrastructure can not only cause expensive and time-consuming outages, customers can suffer with digital disruption such as data loss, email outages, inability to browse the web and outages to live-streaming services. One example is an air conditioning failure that shut down Glasgow City Council’s data centre for three days which caused a backlog of emails.
Alternative cooling methods are now being adopted within the data centre to overcome these overheating issues. Liquid cooling eliminates the need for fans and every electronic component is cooled by capturing the heat to liquid. Not only is this more efficient at transmitting heat, but there are significant cost savings in both energy efficiency and in comparison to modernising air handling infrastructure.