Datacenter air handling becomes Modular

Datacenter air handling becomes Modular

Summary: Stulz brings modularity to cooling solutions

TOPICS: Data Centers

Traditionally, datacenter air handling is done within the datacenter. The equipment used to maintain consistent temperatures within the facility takes up a considerable amount of space on its own, cutting into the datacenter space that could otherwise be used to support additional IT load or requiring a larger facility overall.

Stulz has introduced their CyberHandler modular outdoor air handling system to specifically address this issue, as well as to provide a modular solution to datacenter air handling that fits well in the current trend towards modular and containerized datacenters. Basically, the CyberHandler contains all of the necessary cooling components that the customer requires (supporting both chilled water and direct expansion, air and water economizers, plus supporting infrastructure in a modular package that can be installed outside of the datacenter making use of ground or roof space that would otherwise not be used. More importantly, it moves this equipment out of the internal datacenter footprint.

As it is a modular design, each unit ships as a single piece, ready to be integrated with existing systems, DCIM tools, and more traditional facilities monitoring equipment. And as it is a module, additional units can be installed to increase the cooling capabilities of the solution, allowing the customer to grow this solution with the increase in datacenter load, rather than initially overprovisioning to a large degree. In this way, the CyberHandler solution does a good job of meeting the green and efficiency goals of the current datacenter designer mindset.

For customers implementing external pod or containerized datacenter facility, Stulz offers a version called the CyberCon which is designed to sit on top of a datacenter container and provide the cooling needs that single container requires. This modular unit uses an air-side economizer to provide the highest possible cooling efficiency in this configuration.

Topic: Data Centers

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  • Stultz Product is Clever but Not Innovative

    While it is always great to see companies expand their solutions in the marketplace I have to wonder if this was just a press release repackaged and given more credibility because it was published here with the appearance of some new technology. Modular data center cooling solutions from any number of manufacturers have been around for quite some time now. In other industries that we serve we have been building "modular" cooling solutions for over 10 years...and many of our competitors have had similar philosophies. The Stultz solution is clever but not truly innovative.
    • Don't recall saying it was an innovation

      But they are making an effort to raise the profile of this aspect of the datacenter. Feel free to have your company contact me with the details of your packaged datacenter solutions. I'd be happy to give them credit for innovation, if deserved.
      David Chernicoff