Datacenter air handling becomes Modular

Stulz brings modularity to cooling solutions
Written by David Chernicoff, Contributor on

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.

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