WP#50 - Data Center Efficiency and IT Equipment Reliability at Wider Operating Temperature and Humidity Ranges

23 October, 2012 | White Paper

Editor: Steve Strutt, IBM Contributors: Chris Kelley, Cisco Harkeeret Singh, Thomson Reuters Vic Smith, Colt Technology Services The Green Grid Technical Committee

This white paper looks at how the environmental parameters of temperature and humidity affect IT equipment, examining reliability and energy usage as the data center operating range is extended. Using recently published ASHRAE data, the paper addresses misconceptions related to the application of higher operating temperatures. In addition, it explores the hypothesis that data center efficiency can be further improved by employing a wider operational range without substantive impacts on reliability or service availability.