(Gawkwire) – QTS (Quality Technology Services) received an honorable mention in the 2013 Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards program for its isolated rack cooling duct, which was developed in-house at the QTS Atlanta Metro data center. The isolated rack cooling duct (Patent Pending No. 13/747,231) delivers in-rack cooling to installed equipment, resulting in energy and cost savings. QTS was recognized under the Audacious Idea award category for its invention.
The innovative cooling duct decreases the level of required under-floor static pressure in the data center, which decreases running CRAC units by approximately 30 percent. Additionally, the device provides cold aisle isolation by reducing hot and cold air mixing, which eliminates containment expense and the need for perforated tiles. The cooling duct can be implemented with any rack system or data center cabinet.
“QTS is focused on maximizing power efficiency and reducing energy costs for the company and its customers,” said Jim Reinhart, chief operating officer, development and operations – QTS. “Developing a simple energy efficiency solution in-house reduces both mechanical cooling costs and power utilization effectiveness. We’re pleased with the results of the isolated rack cooling duct prototype and look forward to expanding its use to our data center customers.”
The development of the isolated rack cooling duct comes on the heels of several energy efficiency improvements that QTS has made in the past year. In 2012, the company established its Sustainability and Recoveries Group, which focuses on energy efficiency, recycling, responsible resource management and strategic sourcing. Since 2011, QTS has recycled more than six million pounds of materials from its data centers, including copper, aluminum, steel, plastic and concrete.
QTS (Quality Technology Services) is a leading national provider of data center solutions and fully managed services for enterprise businesses. The company offers a complete, unique portfolio of core data center products, including custom data center, colocation and cloud-based solutions, providing the flexibility, scale and security needed to support the rapidly evolving infrastructure demands of web and IT applications. QTS owns, operates and manages over 3 million square feet of secure, state-of-the-art data center infrastructure and supports more than 800 customers. For more information about QTS, please visit http://www.qualitytech.com or call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow us on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.