Top 3 Data Center Infrastructure Trends of 2015

By Kenneth Rapoport, Founder and CEO, Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC)

Technologies such as cloud, mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT) are proliferating at an incredible rate.  For instance, U.S. businesses spent over $13 billion on cloud computing last year and global mobile data traffic grew 69 percent.  By 2019, there will be 11.5 billion mobile-connected devices.  Their rapid adoption is giving rise to emerging trends and forcing mission-critical data center owners and operators to change the very ways in which their facilities operate.

In this industry, staying ahead of the curve is critical.  By embracing these trends, owners and operators will be able to attract more business by offering the most modern technology solutions for customers. Here are the data center infrastructure trends to watch for in 2015:

In-Row Cooling

in rowToday, many smaller enterprise data centers and server room operators are choosing in-row cooling units instead of the traditional perimeter Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) units.  In-row cooling maximizes efficiency by providing heat exchange in close proximity to server loads and eliminating the need to cool the entire room – an especially beneficial feature for high-density loads.  In-row cooling also allows operators to choose from several cooling methods including air-cooling, water/glycol, chilled water or liquid refrigerant.

Eco-Mode for UPS Systems

Eco-mode provides modern data centers operators with substantial savings on energy costs.  In eco-mode, the UPS will automatically switch to operate in bypass mode with some minor filtering.  The system provides the load with energy from the bypass source without the electrical load of the inverter.  Eco-mode allows the UPS to switch back to online mode without disrupting the load if the utility source goes out of tolerance.  An ideal application of this technology is within redundant facility architectures in which one UPS system is online feeding the A-side distribution, while the other is feeding the B-side in eco-mode.

Rack-Mounted PDUs

Rack-mounted PDUs place the power where it is most needed in a data center – directly in the racks near equipment.  These PDUs can also monitor current and control outlets right over the clients’ network to streamline and ease operational management. Although effective, rack-mounted PDUs can be quite expensive and require regular maintenance to run at peak efficiency, making them much more likely to be used within a large enterprise setting.

If you’re interested in learning more about the latest in data center technology or looking to find the right solutions to fit your unique needs, Electronic Environments Corporation (EEC) is here to help with hands-on attention and customized solutions to help you get the most out of your mission-critical facility.  Learn more about EEC by visiting, or emailing

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