Panduit Announces New Energy Efficient Cabinet System for the Data Centre

Panduit Corp (UPI)-based solutions, announces the global availability of a new Energy Efficient Data Centre Cabinet System. This revolutionary release highlights the next generation of cabinets that feature industry leading air sealing, ducting and containment features. This cabinet system eliminates bypass air and the mixing of cold air and exhaust air within the cabinet and the data centre, optimising cooling capacity and reducing cooling energy consumption by over 40% (see Panduit White Papers below).

As the need for energy efficiency in the data centre increases, so does the demand for new cabinet designs that can support multiple cooling architectures, including hot aisle/cold aisle, cold aisle containment, and vertical exhaust. Panduit understands the importance of energy efficiency in the data centre and is launching the best sealed cabinet in the industry, with performance validated in our state-of-the art Thermal Test Lab in collaboration with leading strategic alliance partners.

This cabinet system can be deployed into raised or slab floor environments and can be integrated with any cooling method to provide data centre design flexibility. A full range of sizes, depths and colors provide a solution for every application, and streamlined shipping and delivery methods help support sustainability goals and increase supply chain efficiency.

Seal, Direct, Contain and Monitor for Optimum Cooling Energy Efficiency

Net-AccessTM N-Type and S-Type Cabinet Systems incorporate “Total Air Seal” features that ensure a complete seal, closing all gaps and empty rack spaces.

Net-AccessTM In-Cabinet Ducting channels cold aisle air directly into intake fans, preventing recirculation and reducing inlet air temperatures to enable reduced fan speeds.

Net-ContainTM Vertical Exhaust Duct and Cold Aisle Containment Systems eliminate hot air recirculation and mixing, which allows room and chilled water temperature set points to be raised for greater cooling energy efficiency.

“Complete separation of cold air and hot air is the best way to improve cooling energy utilisation and reduce energy consumption,” said Dennis Renaud, Panduit Vice President of Datacomm Products. “Gaps in the cabinet and poor airflow direction allow cool air to bypass equipment and mix with exhaust air, reducing cooling capacity and efficiency.”

To ensure that thermal efficiency is maintained over time, the Panduit Physical Infrastructure Management (PIM™) software solution provides active monitoring and management of the power and cooling environment. By instrumenting the cabinet system with environmental sensors, metered power outlet units and intelligent patch panels, future growth and changes can be accommodated and optimised for thermal, power, space and connectivity. These capabilities along with functionality recently acquired from Unite Technologies power management platform, form a holistic solution for data centre and enterprise management.

“As Data Centres evolve to support increasingly complex infrastructures, virtualisation and cloud computing services, there are escalating demands placed on organisations’ power and cooling resources,” commented Gary Gould, Panduit EMEA Marketing Director. “This new generation of Cabinets not only helps customers to accommodate the demands of high throughput, but also enables them to more effectively manage power and cooling to significantly reduce operational costs.”

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