Traditionally, the size of a data center determined its capacity. Today, however, the capacity of a data center is measured in terms of its density; the greater the density, the more the capacity. A data center that uses over 10kW (Kilowatts) per cabinet or 150W (Watts) per square foot is known as a high-density data center. In other words, the size of the data center doesn’t matter if you can increase the power consumption in each rack or cabinet to accelerate your performance to the next level.
Advantages of a high-density data center
The advantages of high-density data centers range from greater computing power to lower infrastructure and overhead expenses as well as better convenience when it comes to data center management. Although setting up a high-density data center might require some initial investments and modifications, the overall operational costs of such a data center is much lower in the long run.
Getting started with a high-density data center
Even as the trend continues to pick up, here are a few things to keep in mind if you consider transforming your data center into a high-density one:
Deploy high-density servers
Modern, high-density servers come with greater capacities when compared to conventional ones. Not only do they help in increasing the number of kWs per row, moving to high-density servers can actually reduce energy costs because of their increased efficiency.
Populate your racks vertically
Build “up” your data center, instead of building “out”. In other words, populate your racks vertically for higher densities per square foot. Remember, you will need heavy-duty data center racks or cabinets that will be able to bear the load. For more tips on optimizing your data center space, click here.
Opt for high-density cooling
High-density data centers require a modified approach to cooling. Cooling units must be of high efficiency and located closer to the racks. This will not only prevent overheating of equipment but also save up to 32% on cooling expenses.
Choose the right PDUs
To power the high-density servers, you will need to opt for two-stage distribution as single-stage distribution may not be feasible. Moreover, due to the vertical population of servers, you will need to utilize power distribution units (PDUs) that can support a number of devices at the same time. A vertically, rack-mountable PDU will be the most convenient and space-efficient option.
The server racks, cabinets, and power distribution units from Hardy Racks are built to meet the needs of high-density data centers. To explore our range of products or receive a quote, get in touch with us today!