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Dec 10 2010   4:39PM GMT

Data center facilities equipment and design stats from Gartner conference

Matt Stansberry Matt Stansberry Profile: Matt Stansberry

At this week’s Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas, research VP John Phelps asked users a series of questions about their data center facilities technologies. Here are some of the stats:

What type of data center fire suppression system do you have?

-Water sprinkler only 21%
-Water plus clean agent 50%
-Clean agent only 21%
-Don’t know 8%

“For those of you with water-only systems, if those sprinklers go off you will be in a world of hurt,” Phelps said. “The goal of a sprinkler system is to protect your building, a clean agent is supposed to protect your equipment.”

If you use a clean agent for data center fire suppression, what type?

-Halon 12%
-CO2 or inert gas 12%
-FM200 or other Fluoride based suppressant 64%
-Powered aerosol 1%
-Don’t know 11%

In which budget does data center power reside?

-Facilities 62%
-Facilities but will probably move to IT 16%
-Budget has recently moved to IT 8%
-Always part of IT 12%
-Other 1%
-Don’t know 6%

Do you measure PUE and if so, what is it?

-Do not measure PUE 49%
-Measure PUE, but don’t know what it is 11%
-Measure PUE and it is greater than 2.5 3%
-Measure PUE and it is between 2.0-2.5 9%
-Measure PUE and it is between 1.75-2 10%
-Measure PUE and it is between 1.5-1.75 12%
– Measure PUE and it is between 1.3-1.5 6%

What computer room cooling system do you use?

-Room cooling 46%
-In-row cooling 4%
-In-rack cooling 1%
-In-row and in-rack cooling 2%
-Room and in-rack cooling 20%
-Room and in-row cooling 15%
-Room, in-rack and in-row cooling10%
-Don’t know 2%

Do you use hot or cold aisle containment?

-Yes, cold aisle containment 22%
-Yes, hot aisle containment 15%
-Not currently, but plan to use cold aisle in 2 yeas 22%
-Not currently, but plan to use hot aisle in 2 years 13%
-No plans 23%
-Don’t know 5%

Do you make use of free cooling?

-Air side economizers 13%
-Water side economizers 12%
-Both 6%
-Nope and no plans 48%
-No, but plan to install in two years 17%
-Don’t know 4%

Would you build a data center in five years without a raised floor?

-No way, you have to have a raised floor? 18%
-Might consider, but not convinced 35%
-Yes, considering it 35%
-Yes, I am going to build a data center without a raised floor 6%
Yes, already built a data center without a raised floor 6%

Phelps said by 2015 more than 50% of new data center builds will not use raised floor.

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