Raised Floor in the Data Center – obsolete?
The folks at Data Center Dynamics have a great post around the discussion of usage of raised floors in the data center going forward. The article basically says that raised floors have served their useful life, and are not needed moving forward. In fact, the cooling requirements and ever changing needs of the data center make raised floors a poor option for new construction data centers.
Of course, this debate has been happening now for a number of years. In 2007, Chuck Goolsbee was talking about the same thing in a TechTarget post – there are a number of great discussion comments in that post as well.
The debate will probably continue for the foreseeable future. Folks who have existing data center designs utilizing raised floors will continue down that path, and existing buildings with raised floors will continue to use and support them – it would be too expensive not to do so.
However, new construction data centers will likely forego raised floors as they add expense and complexity that are, today, easily handled.
Our design at Data Cave does not used a raised floor. We were unable to get the cooling capacity needed with a raised floor design, and instead opted for overhead duct based cooling. Of course, we have dedicated staff who are quite knowledgeable about air flow design and installation and maintenance of duct work, and this was a compelling part of our decision to not used raised floors.
Let us know your thoughts on raised floors in the data center, and contact us to find out more about our design and why we feel like Data Cave is a great choice for your midwest data center.