Exploring VFDs in Data Centres

Have you been wondering about our data centres recently?

Through writing about power distribution components and how they benefit different industries, I made a realization that I hadn’t yet mentioned anything about data centres. Then I started to think about these facilities now that we are all working a lot more remotely.

Professors are designing their course load through audio and video lectures. Students are meeting in online classrooms to discuss their work, and let’s be honest - there will be plenty of online tomfoolery going on here, too. But I digress. Businesses are trying to keep some familiarity to their day-to-day schedules. Meetings are turning to digital platforms to connect and collaborate. All of these new experiences require data centres to operate at optimal performance. The need to keep these servers at appropriate temperatures through secure motor speed controls is comparable to the need for cyber security measures to be in place to prevent hackers from exploiting human insecurities.

Think about it: it really is all about the servers and their security.

You may have heard about how Microsoft stores information off the coast of San Francisco. Take a look at this video about a Google data facility. Now, for most of the population, we don’t have to worry about this much data, as we don’t have a significant percentage of the world population as our users. However, the more we come to rely on digital infrastructure for sharing information, keeping ourselves connected, and keeping in touch with our customers, the greater the need for these data facilities to be controlled through SCADA system instrumentation, and monitored to ensure the security users depend on, are keeping records and operations secure.

Without getting too far into the data security aspect of things, let’s keep this focused on the mechanical and connectivity of these systems. What needs to be a part of these facilities? Climate control options are essential, and variable frequency drives are used in the cooling applications to create significant energy conservation. As the systems are controlled, the speeds of fans and distinguishable areas within the plant can be identified and adjusted, louvres can be governed, and the entire cooling process can be optimized.

When you are looking to upgrade or recalibrate your existing systems, considering only the best is a great place to begin your search.

At T&T, we are constantly looking to help automate, regulate, and assist with the connectivity and productivity of your data centre. Moreover, we use the best to help you provide the most.

Check out our T&T Power Group online, and also give our new team members in western canada a shout. Together we can help steer this ship forward.

Keep calm, stay safe, and drive on!


Posted by Reuben Siebenga | Apr 2, 2020 | Categories: Power Distribution