With an estimated 50 billion connected devices in play by 2020, the industry is facing a staggering challenge and is growing at an unprecedented pace. Data centres and telecom hubs have become vital parts of our economy. They operate on a dedicated 24/7 basis, 365 days of the year where just one minute of downtime could have massive, even catastrophic implications. Add to that economic fluctuations, organisational growth, new applications, and cloud computing—it’s a lot to manage.
Leveraging on more than 130 years of experience in building efficiency, safety and security, Johnson Controls has developed a unique package, supporting hundreds of data centres and numerous other types of critical facilities across the world. We have evolved over time, transforming our business, and we understand the challenges faced by forward thinking businesses. Whether traditional or modular construction, operations and maintenance, or any level of support in between, we are ready to help develop an optimum data centre solution—reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective—for one location or many.
It’s a solution that provides the control, flexibility, and security required to manage escalating volumes of data. We’re your security and efficiency partner through all phases of the data centre lifecycle.
To overcome challenges such as power management, cooling, or security, organisations today increasingly look to outsource in order to manage data effectively. Over the past couple decades, this has resulted in the creation of ‘mega data centres’ being built by the IT and internet giants. As data centres evolve from traditional, on premise, small scale server room environments to vast 15 MW purpose-built virtualised colocation facilities, the challenges of maintaining a fully secure, protected, and available site are mounting. This rapid growth in data creation, movement, storage, and consumption, in combination with an absolute reliance on data centre availability, comes with some big challenges.
Johnson Controls has a unique, comprehensive portfolio of integrated solutions. We are able to equip data centres with the right products and services to protect and safeguard them against these challenges. Our solutions help to reduce and prevent data center downtime, improving the security of data and equipment, and protecting the environment. These operational demands must take place as efficiently as possible to help reduce costs and enable data centre providers to continue to evolve and grow.
Johnson Controls brings together leading brands under one roof with a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for smart, secure, and sustainable buildings. Our unrivaled spectrum of innovative products is complemented by expertise in installation, service, and systems integration. Johnson Controls is the leading company in data centre intelligence, reliability, efficiency, and security solutions and has the most comprehensive service offers. At its core, our promise is about delivering innovation that makes people’s lives and the world better.
A CRAC HVAC unit utilises refrigerant and a compressor to cool a room. Designed primarily to cool data centres, CRAC units blow air over a cooling coil and a compressor works to keep the refrigerant in the coil cool. The CRAC unit expels the hot exhaust air using water, air, or a glycol mix.
The CRAC unit absorbs hot air, cools it down, and then blows it up through the perforations in the data centre's raised floor in order to cool the server equipment from below. After cooling the server, the air expelled as hot exhaust gas which is then pulled back into the CRAC unit for cooling.
Benefits of CRAC HVAC Units
A CRAH HVAC system blows air over cooling coils, similar to a CRAC system, but these cooling coils are filled with chilled water instead of refrigerant. The chilled water is stored in a separate chiller, so when hot air enters the CRAH unit, it transfers the heat to the cold water, and then the water is then pumped back to the chiller.
CRAH units can vary their operation to stabilise fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels in the data centre being controlled. They can also adjust fan speeds to react dynamically as the temperature changes in the controlled space. This creates more stable temperatures and fewer chances of creating condensation or thermal overruns.
Benefits of CRAH HVAC Units
CRAC and CRAH cooling units differ in their cooling mechanisms: CRAC uses refrigerants and compressors, while CRAH relies on chilled water and control valves.
CRAC units have a straightforward operation with typically one mode, making it challenging to adjust cooling based on room requirements. Although simpler in functionality, CRAC systems have more components, necessitating more maintenance and a higher risk of component failures. Regular maintenance is crucial for optimal performance. However, when properly maintained, CRAC units offer proven reliability. They are suitable for data centres with electrical loads below 200kW that demand lower 'availability needs', i.e. a lower level of reliability and resilience is required to ensure uninterrupted access to critical systems and services.
CRAH units employ a more efficient cooling cycle, providing superior heat removal capabilities while maintaining the same energy footprint as CRAC units. Although they may have higher upfront costs for centres with less than 100 kW of electrical IT loads, CRAH systems offer long-term cost-effectiveness. They are designed for data centres with electrical loads of 200kW or more with moderate-to-high availability requirements, i.e. uptime, reliability, redundancy, and fault tolerance are more critical to the operation of the facility.
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