How to Select Industrial vs. Commercial Controls for Data Centers
SESSION: Networking III
EVENT TYPE: Exhibitor Forum
TIME: 4:30PM - 5:00PM
ABSTRACT: System uptime is the crucial objective of data center operations. Yet unlike other mission-critical facilities, data centers are typically built with commercial Direct Digital Control systems – the same as those used in office buildings. Data centers have highly demanding HVAC requirements, and studies have identified controls as the largest source of HVAC system problems. During a cooling failure, the temperature in a modestly loaded data center could experience a damaging 25°F temperature rise in only 10 minutes. With control systems representing just 1 – 2 % of total facility cost, it pays to consider the long-term value of industrial PLC/SCADA systems. This presentation will detail the many advantages of using industrial control systems rather than commercial systems in demanding data center environments (without endorsing specific products), and compare the costs of the two approaches, with the goal of guiding attendees with methods to determine the best data center controls strategy.