The AIT Partnership Group Ltd designed a containment system for the Data Centre to keep the incoming cool air and the hot ‘exhaust’ air physically separated. Air containment systems are relatively cheap to implement. The design of the room is two rows of racks, back to back sharing a common hot aisle; this is why a hot aisle containment system was utilised to provide the necessary air flow separation between incoming and exhaust air flows.
The hot aisle containment consists of vertical panels fixed to the full height server cabinets on either side, with cupboard doors on the cross aisles and double sliding doors on the end of the hot aisle. The is ducted to the AC units so that the hot ‘exhaust’ air from the server cabinets is captured and efficiently extracted.
As is typical for Data Centres, equipment is continuously updated and moved, often leaving blank spaces in the server racks where old equipment had been removed. Measures were therefore also taken to avoid loss of cool air by fitting blanking plates in these gaps, again to keep the incoming cool air and the hot ‘exhaust’ air physically separated.