The importance of proper UPS room cooling

The importance of proper UPS room cooling

How do you cool your UPS room?

When it comes to maintaining proper function within the data center and making sure computing equipment is running at the optimum level, there are few things more important than cooling strategies. Unfortunate things can happen to servers that don't stay at a consistent temperature - but did you know that the rooms where the uninterruptible power supply is stored are also prone to overheating? Investing in an adequate cooling system and studying how to ensure temperature and humidity - for every part of the the data center, including the UPS room - should be at the top of data center managers' to-do lists.

FacilitiesNet contributor Dan Hounsell noted that facility managers sometimes overlook the UPS room when it comes to investing in dedicated cooling equipment for the data center. The servers are the most important pieces of equipment, when it comes down to it, so it makes sense that the temperature within the computing room would be at the top of the list when it comes to cooling concerns. However, the UPS keeps power flowing evenly to all parts of the data center - so without this, the servers would simply be dormant. Therefore, it's important to consider the UPS room along with the server room when investing in cooling equipment.

How are you cooling your UPS rooms?

There are a few options when it comes to cooling the UPS room. One way would be to install dedicated cooling systems. This kind of equipment allows managers to maintain a steady temperature and humidity across all areas of the data center, including the UPS area.

In the server room, containment cooling strategies have become the way to go for computing facilities. DatacenterDynamics contributor John Collins noted that containment cooling systems allow for optimum control over and organization of air streams within the server racks. In this kind of cooling, containers trap hot exhaust air, send it out via the CRAC units and bring chilled air into the container. In this way, no cool air is wasted - meaning this is a more efficient method than some.

In the UPS room, dedicated cooling works much the same way. Cooling equipment treats the room much like a container, sucking hot air out and funneling chilled air into small spaces. This keeps the power supply from overheating, which in turn can ensure proper functionality of the facility.

However, batteries can become hot and overheating can occur. How can IT managers avoid this unfortunate circumstance and make sure their equipment is at the proper temperature? Solutions from Geist could be the answer.

Rac10 intelligent fans from Geist

Geist's self-contained Rac10 product could provide the answer to data center cooling problems. As a containment cooling strategy, it removes heat from small spaces and delivers cool air to the computing machines, but it also comes with data room monitoring capabilities that allow IT managers to view the current temperature within the data center and combat potential issues before they become real problems.

Monitoring is a crucial part of UPS room cooling. For instance, hot spots or hot batteries can be carefully dealt with before they create fires and other unfortunate circumstances that could jeopardize business continuity. FacilitiesNet contributor John Yoon noted that since most UPS rooms are usually at the back of the data center, remote monitoring is a must. By combining monitoring technology with cooling systems, data center managers can have the proper insight needed to maintain the power supply room and make sure energy continues to flow to critical parts of their facilities.

Contact the data center experts at Geist today for more information.