GCC data centres urged to follow ASHRAE guidelines

Guidelines adapted to fit with the environment and operations in UAE

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GCC data centres should use ASHRAE's locally adapted code for data centres. Pictures: Shutterstock
GCC data centres should use ASHRAE's locally adapted code for data centres. Pictures: Shutterstock

In the absence of a unified government code, GCC data centre developers have been urged to develop their projects along guidelines used by manufacturers in the US, so as to ensure high performance and efficiency.

Don Beaty, the former chair of the datacom TC, told MEP Middle East that guidelines laid out by the likes of ASHRAE were excellent barometers for GCC companies to build their projects around.

“They should read the ASHRAE books,” he said, “Those books include ones on energy efficiency, green tips, liquid cooling, high density data centre case studies and so on.”

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The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers released the book, “Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments,” as part of an effort to provide clear information to manufacturers.

Supported by all the major IT equipment manufacturers, the handbook provides a recommended temperature range for data centres, which ensures their reliability and best performance.

That recommended temperature range is between 18˚C and 27˚C, Beaty said.

He added that the local version of these guidelines had been adapted to take into account the environmental and operational conditions present in the UAE, which could hinder those developers not entirely aware of them.

“The combination of the introduction of RoHS and the continued reduction in electronic component size has caused an increased number of problems from contamination and corrosion. This means that there will be trouble with sulphides, chlorides and particulate,” he explained.

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