Data Center Thermal Assessment and Optimization


Maintaining the proper temperature within your IT equipment is critical to its continued operation. Increasing power densities and real estate limitations are making managing cooling issues more complex. Many of the problems that contribute to inefficient thermal management are easily overlooked. Optimizing the cooling system in your data center can reduce your cooling costs by 10 to 30 percent, but accomplishing this are both a challenge and an opportunity. Over the years, the approach to data center thermal management has been to over-cool a data center at considerable expense. As energy costs have risen, many data center professionals have raised the temperature to save costs, without knowing what effect this will have on thermal performance and operations.

To maximize the cooling capacity of your data center, you need to balance the deployment of IT equipment with the thermal management system’s capacity to cool the equipment, ensuring that you maximize your data center’s capacity while at the same time preventing downtime due to thermal issues. Part of what makes this difficult is that the successful optimization of your data center requires an intimate understanding of something that you cannot see: Airflow.

The right amount of cold air needs to be delivered to the air intakes of each and every piece of IT equipment, and the hot exhaust from the IT equipment needs to be removed without interfering with cooling. To cool your data center more efficiently and effectively, you need to develop a cooling strategy based on detailed knowledge of your data center’s thermal dynamics.

IDCS’s team of engineers have experiences in maximizing the cooling capacity of data centers for maximum energy efficiency and reliability. We assess your data center’s thermal management conditions, thoroughly analyze their workings using advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis software, and identify solutions that will allow you to optimize your data center for maximum performance and energy efficiency.

How Can This Service Deliver Return-On-Investment (ROI)?

  • Helps you to choose the most optimal long-term solution to accommodate the impact of future IT equipment deployments
  • Increase energy efficiency by optimizing thermal management issues
  • Determines the most optimum solutions with the highest ROI based on a proven analysis methodology
  • Identifies optimal strategies specific to your data center
  • Identifies the optimum set point temperature for your data center based on ASHRAE 2011 thermal guidelines
  • Unlocks lost cooling capacity by balancing airflow to extend the life of your data center

During the onsite inspection, we take airflow, air pressure and temperature readings of your data center. From this information we construct a virtual model of your facility using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling. 

The CFD model allows us to assess current thermal conditions that degrade cooling efficiency and identify specific root causes of inefficient thermal management, such as hot spots, insufficient airflow, air recirculation, and improper equipment layout. From this, recommendations are made to improve cooling performance and provide cost savings opportunities.

The Thermal Assessment and Optimization Service culminates with the presentation of a report that will clearly explain, in detail, your current thermal management issues and our recommendations for solving them and safely maximizing your data center’s capacity.