Legacy Data Center Challenges
Out of the 48 million square feet of raised floor installed in the US, most of it was built at a time before energy optimization was part of the design philosophy.
These data centers are facing increased energy costs. In addition, these floors are aging.
Updating these facilities with new energy efficient products like high velocity grates and retrofit options (like energy efficient grommets) will extend the life of the raised floor. These modifications will allow for new technology.
Technology is always changing, some equipment is getting smaller but heavier, some getting hotter and requiring more cooling. All floors need replacements and modifications to allow for the inclusion of this new technology.
In spite of more power consumption and increased capacity in these existing spaces, with modifications, like high velocity grates, these legacy facilities are able to adapt and keep up with new server demands.
The aging of a raised floor in the computer room is a newer problem, however, it is also very easy to give a legacy data center a facelift and overcome the requirements that are needed for today’s technology to work properly and be energy efficient. The fact is that companies always want to increase their bottom line. Because of the huge capital expense in these computer rooms, customers are looking closely at what they can do to optimize their existing systems instead of opting for new floors. In addition to making these data centers more profitable, these green upgrades reduce the company’ carbon footprint which makes them more socially responsible.
Installing high velocity air flow panels and sealing the raised floor cutouts is a very simple yet highly effective way of reducing energy costs.