New research done by Emerson Network Power recently shows that nearly 50 percent of the United States and Canada have made thermal upgrades to their data center cooling systems.
According to the survey of “IT, facilities, and data center managers, […] while 40 percent of data centers have been upgraded in the past five years, nearly 20 percent are in process and about 31 percent will be upgraded in the next 12 months,” reported ACHRNews.com.
ACHRNews.com stated that the “need for higher equipment reliability, greater energy efficiency, and additional capacity” drove these upgrades.
“62 percent of the upgrades are in data centers under 10,000 square feet and 18 percent are in data centers larger than 50,000 square feet” as found in the survey according toACHRNews.com.
John Peter Valiulis, vice president of thermal management marketing for Emerson Network Power in North America, explained, “As the edge and cloud computing become ubiquitous, ensuring the health of cooling systems at smaller, localized data centers and computer rooms is crucial. Thermal upgrades are allowing companies to improve protection, efficiency, and visibility within all these spaces.”
Another finding from the survey was that “40 percent were adding economizers to provide “free cooling” when outside temperatures allow,” according to ACHRNews.com.
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