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Retrofitting Your Data Center For Better Capacity

October 29, 2008


  • By Galen Schreck,
  • James Staten
  • with Simon Yates,
  • Rachel A. Dines

Why Read This Report

Data centers are expected to last 25 to 30 years, but you need to periodically refresh your environmental gear for better capacity. Many companies can't deploy modern server equipment like blades that consolidate more wattage within single racks. But before you start making capital improvements, have you squeezed all the efficiency out of your existing equipment? You might be able to hold out a while longer via server virtualization, thermal modeling tools, and the proper use of plastic curtains or baffles to improve efficiency. If you still need more cooling capacity, this report discusses the major capital improvements you can make when all else fails.

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Table of Contents

  • Data Centers Are Mortal — Eventually, You'll Need To Upgrade
  • Which Major Cooling Improvements Make Sense For You?

  • Start From A Position Of Strength
  • Supplemental Material
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