New York Times Article and Video Reference
James Glanz of The New York Times and Ken Brill, an expert in the field, tour a data center and cover the topics of data center cooling, cold aisle containment, backup power management, and energy efficiency.
A Subzero cold aisle containment system is shown at the 2:52 minute mark in the video. This is a large data center that features 6 backup diesel generators that could power a small city of about 30,000 people.
Cold aisle containment systems typically include aisle end doors and a roof system so as to contain the supply airflow to the intake of the IT and server equipment. Cold aisle containment ensures uniform and predictable air temperature at the IT intake, allowing equipment to be cooled to manufactures’ specifications.