ASHRAE tackles datacom contamination

New book provides essential information about unexpected shutdowns

Yousef Alshaer is president of ASHRAE's Falcon chapter in the Middle East.
Yousef Alshaer is president of ASHRAE's Falcon chapter in the Middle East.

While particle and gaseous contamination resulting from dust and dirt can lead to unexpected shutdowns of critical IT equipment, the connection between contamination and hardware failures is often overlooked.

A new book from ASHRAE provides basic information that is essential to the control and prevention of particulate and gaseous contamination in datacom facilities. ‘Particulate and Gaseous Contamination in Datacom Environments’ identifies datacom equipment susceptibility and operational impact, strategies for prevention and control as well as contamination testing and analysis.

“Any installation planning checklist for datacom environments typically includes power, cooling and structural criteria,” said Joe Prisco, a member of ASHRAE’s technical committee on mission control facilities, technology spaces and electronic equipment, which wrote the book.


“Contamination criteria can now be added. The guidance in this book is crucial for maintaining a high level of IT equipment dependability and availability.” Prisco noted that, as IT equipment shrinks in size, resulting in smaller components and less physical space between them, the risk of contamination grows.

The book is part of the ASHRAE Datacom Series, developed to provide a more comprehensive treatment of datacom cooling and related subjects. ASHRAE is represented in the Middle East by the Falcon Chapter, presided over by Yousef Alshaer.

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