Intelligent CIO North America Issue 22 - Page 19

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RAISING THE BAR FOR HIGHER POWER

THE ADVANTAGES OF OVERHEAD POWER DISTRIBUTION IN DATA CENTERS

We often take for granted the infrastructure necessary to support our increasingly digitized and interconnected world . This demand for bandwidth is only growing , and with it , so is the demand for power . Mission critical facilities need to be larger to accommodate for more servers , and facilities managers need to be able to quickly address this constant need for additional capacity .

In order to support the extra elements required , worldwide IT spending on servers , power and cooling , and management / administration has rapidly increased over the past decade . But other than just an increase in costs , the need for a higher voltage of power poses additional challenges . To accommodate this need , overhead power distribution systems emerged within the data center arena within the past decade or two , and quickly began rising to the challenge of providing increasing amperages of power .
Past Power : ‘ The Way It Always Was ’
When building a data center , power and cooling are two of the top priorities . Historically , raised floors , or concrete tiles installed onto a steel grid resting on stanchions 2 to 4 feet above a slab floor , have been deployed for cooling purposes . The perforated tiles that make up the floor allow for cool air to flow out of the below passage and onto the server racks . However , this underfloor area also houses whips and cables that supply power to the racks . p
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