A New White Paper from Schneider Electric Explains Cooling and Air Conditioning Terminology

A new White Paper from Schneider Electric provides a guide to cooling terms common to IT rooms and data centers.

Online PR News – 29-March-2012 – London – As power densities continue to increase in today’s data centers, heat removal is becoming a greater concern for the IT professional. Unfortunately, air conditioning terminology routinely used in the cooling industry is unnecessarily complicated, making it frustrating for IT professionals to discuss current cooling requirements.

Complex jargon used to describe cooling systems is easily explained in layman’s terms of heat, humidity, temperature, pressure, and flow. Cooling-related units of measurement are also a source of confusion for IT personnel when assessing cooling needs. IT managers can understand and specify cooling requirements without knowing these complex HVAC terms.

The Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry uses complicated and highly redundant terminology. Apart from the terms related to mainframe-driven cooling methodologies, there is an influx of new terms related to the server and rack enclosure architectures common in today’s IT environment. This unnecessarily complex terminology makes it difficult for IT managers to effectively communicate requirements to cooling professionals, which may lead to suboptimal cooling solutions.

Schneider Electric’s new White Paper 11 ‘Explanation of Cooling and Air Conditioning Terminology for IT Professionals’ carefully lists the complex terminology coupled with concise and helpful definitions. This paper provides essential reading for the IT professional to get to grips with the ever complex terminology of the cooling and air conditioning industry.

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of more than €22.4 billion in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.”


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