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Improved cooling techniques are essential to extend the life of existing data center facilities. The use of containment - a method of separating supply (cold) and return (hot) air to more effectively cool the IT equipment in a data center - ensures that room and equipment temperatures can be better managed. Containment allows for a reduction in cooling-related energy, much of which can be redeployed into either increasing the amount of IT equipment in the data center or refreshing older systems for more powerful and energy efficient IT equipment. Coupled with other techniques, containment can provide data centers with an energy reduction of greater than 20%. This paper presents data and analysis of a chilled water facility.
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