Monday, 14 January 2013

Stulz Revolutionizes Air Handling with Modular Design

The bane of existence among those who design and build data centres is the age-old conflict between maximizing space while still ensuring power and cooling needs are being met. In terms of cooling and air handling, a long-standing practice is to contain equipment inside the interior of the data centre. While effective, interior air handling systems reduce usable space significantly.

That's about to change thanks to Stulz, a world leader in data centre cooling technology. Their new CyberHandler air handling systems will change the way data centre cooling is approached by using modular systems that can be installed on the exterior of a given facility.

The CyberHandler system relies on roof or ground space that would otherwise go under-utilised. Inside, a facility's usable space is increased and can be efficiently maximized with the use of modular server technology. Combining the architecture of both types of modular systems takes the modern data centre to the next level.

Although Stulz's new system is modular, it is by no means inadequate. Each self-contained unit supports both direct expansion and chilled water platforms. By building all of the components a customer requires into the modular unit, Stulz has created a customizable air handling system that can be easily modified to fit the needs of any customer.

It is important to note that the CyberHandler system is equally effective for new construction and modification of current sites. It is also completely scalable. As a data centre’s internal footprint expands and new servers and other equipment are installed, additional cooling modules can be added as well. There's virtually no limit to the number a data centre could utilise.

The modular scaling offered by this system makes sense from an infrastructure standpoint, but it's also a good financial move because it means data centre owners do not have to tie up extra funds in a cooling system with potential that will not be fully realised for years down the road.

In terms of efficiency and green power, Stulz has thought of that as well. Each modular unit takes care of the cooling needs of a specific container, using airside economizers. The design is incredibly efficient, requires considerably less power consumption, and has minimal impact on the surrounding environment.


Air Handling Option that Must be Considered

 

Stulz has changed the air handling and cooling paradigm as we know it with their new CyberHandler system. For those who design and build data centres, it is a solution that must be considered, a solution that should be at the top the list when designing power and cooling systems. To not consider it is to ignore the potential of what could be accomplished in a state-of-the-art facility.

Our hat is off to Stulz for their innovation, design, and dedication to efficient cooling and energy use. There is little doubt that modular is the wave of the future in data centre architecture and infrastructure. Hopefully their system will take the data centre world by storm and pave the way for future development in the sector.

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