Industry Insights

Airflow Integrity Best Practices

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Data center managers are increasingly seeking effective airflow management solutions that will prevent a data center from overheating; these solutions must also be cost-efficient. This has given rise to attention paid to containment solutions, so we wanted to take a look at how to optimize these popular and successful strategies.


To maximize the performance of your containment solution, you should follow airflow manageĀ­ment best practices. These include the following key points to follow:


  • The cabinet should be deployed with air dams and blanking panels at a minimum.
  • Additional components should also be used when deploying containment, such as bottom panels, floor seals, seal kits/angled airflow baffles, front to rear blanking panels and top panel grommets.


Deploying these accessories ensures maximum efficiency by eliminating bypass airflow and recirculation. The accessories also ensure that all of the cold air is going through the equipment and a uniform intake temperature is achieved from the bottom to the top of the cabinet.


The uniform temperature creates a predicable environment for the equipĀ­ment to operate in, helping to prevent over temperature alarms or equipment shut downs for maximum reliability and uptime. These best practices help maximize the CRAC unit set point.


And guess what? All components required to follow best practices are available on the Legrand LX cabinet system!