Unlike Google or Facebook, most organisations cannot set up their data centres in sub-Arctic towns for optimised cooling. And although low-heat emitting servers are now available, they are still relatively new to the market.
So when modern data requirements or heat waves cause servers to heat up, it’s the responsibility of an average building’s HVAC system to keep them cool and working. But what if the HVAC systems fails and what happens during scheduled maintenance? That’s where a robust HVAC contingency plan comes in.
Key Planning Questions
“HVAC contingency plans basically analyse the business impact of an HVAC breakdown or scheduled outage and then outline the required cooling equipment and action plan.” Sweeny says.
To start HVAC contingency planning, organisations should first identify the consequences of an HVAC outage in the data centre.
To start HVAC contingency-planning organisations should first identify the consequences of an HVAC outage in their data centre. Questions include:
Once those questions have been answered the next step is to qualify and quantify the business impact and related costs.
The next step is to create the temporary cooling plan to ensure data centre cooling continuity. This part of the plan identifies suppliers and key equipment.
“Temporary portable air conditioners are now the default choice for keeping data centres and server rooms cool during scheduled maintenance or in emergency breakdowns.” Explains John.
“To be effective, portable air conditioners must be deployed quickly. Quick deployment requires knowing room size, power supply, extraction points and a number of other variables.”
“Specifying these variables takes up valuable time so it’s better to pre-specify them in a contingency plan.”
Key Plan Components
A robust contingency plan should include the following information and be kept on file with the temporary cooling supplier for instant access in case of an emergency:
“HVAC contingency plans are free, minimise risk and make facilities managers’ jobs easier,” he says. “There’s really no reason not to have one.”
All units can be wheeled through a standard doorway, plug into standard 10amp sockets and vent hot air through temporary ducting.
About Active Air Rentals
Active Air Rentals is Australia’s all round temporary cooling, heating and power rental specialist. They offer free data centre / server room HVAC contingency plans Australia-wide.
Active Air Rentals use the latest in portable air conditioners ranging from 3kW for small server rooms to the unique 20kW for large data centres. All units can be wheeled through a standard doorway, the majority plug into standard 10amp sockets and vent hot air through temporary ducting.
Active Air Rentals has over 40 years experience installing temporary air conditioning into every conceivable location. From crane towers to coal mines, from war ships to entire inner city villages, from emergency civil defence camps to enormous events such as the Australian Open and thousands of data centres, server rooms and offices along the way.