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Compact air distribution unit increases airflow inside racks and enclosures
20 November 2002, Computer/Embedded Technology

American Power Conversion (APC) has announced the addition of a new compact air distribution unit that gives IT, telecom and facility managers the ability to increase airflow inside racks and enclosures. The latest generation of rack-based hardware - such as Web servers, telecom equipment, and internetworking hardware - continues to put more processing power into smaller physical packages, allowing more equipment to be housed in a typical rack-enclosure.

"As a result, the power densities of rack-based equipment are increasing at an alarming rate and supplying the necessary air for cooling is quickly becoming one of the main concerns for today's data centre manager," says Carl Kleynhans, country general manager: Africa at APC.

A problem area found with traditional raised floor distribution methods is that they are currently unable to distribute enough airflow inside densely populated rack enclosures, where the cooling is most needed. APC's NetworkAIR RM Air Distribution Unit works in tandem with the existing precision air conditioning system to pull air from beneath the raised floor directly into the rack enclosure before it can mix with room air. This dual fan unit works to eliminate dangerous hot spots by boosting the conditioned air volume within the rack itself and improves air delivery in poor static pressure areas. In environments without raised floors, APC's NetworkAIR RM Air Distribution unit uses air from under and around the bottom of the rack or enclosure, where it is coldest. This boosts the amount of air supplied to ensure necessary amounts of airflow to equipment.

"Equipment in the top portion of rack enclosures is failing at a higher rate because heat rises and the intake air is above the manufacturer's recommended operating temperature," explains Kleynhans. "Hardware failures caused by excessive heat are a leading cause of downtime. This product gives our customers a simple, reliable solution that can be installed in minutes," he says.

For more information contact APC, 011 465 5414, jacqui.gradwell@apcc.com


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