Does a dirty Data Center contribute to heat stress on server equipment?

Circuit BoardThe answer is absolutely yes! Dirt and dust is deposited over boards from the incoming cooling air and is deposited like a blanket over the boards. This dirt and dust can clog air passages under chips blocking vital cooling passages. This makes cooling the servers much more difficult and if this is already a hotspot or trouble area, then it further amplifies the heat load. The Uptime Institute states that for every 10 degree raise in temperature above recommended limits the MTBF (Mean time between failures) will be reduced by 50%.

About Jason Roth

Jason Roth is a nationally-recognized expert in the contamination control and critical environment consulting industry. Since 1988, he has provided consulting services and support to thousands of leading corporations in the US and overseas.

He is a member of the IEST (Institute of Environmental Science Technology), is SSTA (Southwest Safety Training Alliance) Certified, is a Certified Trainer by the Environmental Institute in Lead Abatement, is NCI (National Comfort Institute) Certified for air testing/balancing/certification, was a key speaker at Technology Day in Detroit, has presented at the Uptime Institute (for Data Center enhancements), is a regular at the Cleanrooms West Conference, is a cleanrooms protocol trainer and developer, and has published numerous well-known white-papers in the industry.