Minkels offers a complete portfolio of active cooling solutions. This means, the solutions contain active components (like airconditioning, fans, etc).
The portfolio includes active cooling equipment based on H2O (water) and DX (refrigerant). These products are typically placed as frames between the 19-inch racks, this is referred to as "row based cooling".
VariCondition-DX is the modular cooling solution for small server rooms. It is an easily installed, energy-efficient cooling solution. The product was designed to provide professional and reliable cooling of your IT-equipment.
VariCondition-H2O is the modular cooling solution for medium to large server rooms. It is an easily installed, energy-efficient cooling solution. The product was designed to provide professional and reliable cooling of your IT-equipment.
Why row based cooling?
Row based cooling has taken off immensely in server rooms and data centres in the past years, as there are a number of fundamental advantages to this type of cooling as opposed to traditional cooling using a raised floor and air conditioning units (CRACs).
The IT-equipment (heat source) and cooling installations are situated much closer together. This shortens the cooling air distribution paths considerably, resulting in a much lower energy use in the fans.
The cooling air is better distributed in the to be cooled volume. This leads to a higher reliability of the cooling installation and a lower chance of hotspot development.
Scalability/expandability. As the necessary cooling volume grows, the cooling installation too can easily expand. In this way, an investment is only needed when the actual cooling demand increases.
Compact construction as a raised floor is not necessary.
Row based cooling also offers new possibilities in existing situations. Such a situation could be the construction of high density zones in a data centre designed for a low density application. Many (older) data centres conclude that the existing cooling installation is not suitable for use with the latest generation of IT-equipment. Of course, this is inextricably tied to the quickly increasing energy use per rack.