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1 Noise Reduction in the Data Center & Office Processing Facilities

2 “Consolidation and denser equipment make for noisier data centers.” Computer World (2007) In 2001, the World Health Organization published revised guidelines for Community Noise in which it recommends a 70 dB (A) noise level limit for commercial areas. It is worth noting that the combined noise level of just eight low form factor servers operating with average CPU loads would be approximately 74 dB (A). Data Center Noise

3 Demand for quiet racks is growing in these sectors; Audio Visual/Graphic Design Studios Education, Schools and Universities, Libraries SOHO sector Large Enterprise / Government Facilities with satellite/branch Cloud Deployments Niche requirements: Healthcare Clinics, Ships, Marketing Exhibits  Decision makers respond well to the following triggers; Efficiency / Green / Reduced Energy Direct comparison between the huge cost (both upfront and ongoing) and inflexibility of a dedicated Computer Room. Desire to be leading edge Improving the Working Environment Justifiable ROI

4 Is a sound that is noticeably unpleasant Any sound that is undesired or interferes with one’s hearing of something What is Noise? Merriam-Webster.com (2011)

5 Decibel (dB) is a measurement of Sound Pressure Level (SPL) Sound Pressure Level is the physical intensity of sound The (A) after the dB refers to an ‘A weighting’. This weighting gives more significance to audible sound frequencies and therefore attempts to reflect sound levels as they are experience by a human ear. What Does dB(A) Mean?

6 60 dB(A) - A normal office conversation 70 dB(A) – A Vacuum Cleaner 77 dB(A) – A Passenger 65 mph 80 dB(A) – Garbage Disposal 90 dB(A) – Power Lawn Mower 140 dB(A) - Jet Engine at takeoff How Loud is Loud?

7 70dB(A) - Sun Fire X2270 M2 Server 72dB(A) – IBM 8852 BladeCenter H (Performance Mode, Enhanced Blowers) 66dB(A) – IBM 8852 BladeCenter H (Performance Mode, Original Blowers) 71dB(A) – Dell PowerEdge 6800 Data Center Equipment Noise Ratings based on single unit. SPL increases approximately 3dB(A) for each additional unit added to the environment.

8 Several Studies have shown that noise levels within Data Centers vary from 68dB(A) to 80dB(A). Size of facility, amount of equipment, type of cooling systems all have an impact on the noise levels. Data Center Equipment Noise

9 Workplace Regulations The Human Effects Cost to Business Considerations

10 When an employee is exposed to noise levels of at least 85dB(A) for a period of 8 hours or more, employers must implement programs to monitor the environment and provide employees with hearing protection. Workplace Regulations Occupational Safety & Health Administration

11 Hearing Impairment Interferences with Spoken Communication Cardiovascular Disturbances Mental Health Disturbances Impaired Task Performance Annoyance Reactions The Human Effects World Health Organization

12 Exposure to constant sound levels above 85dB(A) is potentially hazardous and can be a main contributor to hearing loss. Hearing Impairment

13 Noise at increased levels interferes with the ability to comprehend normal speech. Decreased working capacity and stress reactions can also occur. Interference With Spoken Communication

14 Daily exposure to noises above 65dB(A) can trigger nervous system responses that affect the cardiovascular system leading to hypertension, increased blood pressure and increased heart rates. Cardiovascular Disturbances

15 Noise may cause or contribute to effects like anxiety, stress, headaches and changes in mood. Mental Health Disturbances

16 Noise can impair task performance at work, increasing errors and decreasing motivation. Reading attention, problem solving, and memory are strongly affected by noise. Impaired Task Performances

17 Sound levels above 45dB(A) can produce annoyance reactions in a significant number of people. Annoyance Reactions

18 Employee Productivity Health Insurance Workman’s Compensation Claims Government Regulations Cost to Business

19 Hearing Protection Lights-Out Operations Specialized Server Enclosures Possible Solutions World Health Organization

20 Low cost, quick to implement Does not reduce noise in workplace Temporary Solution Hearing Protection

21 Provides reduced exposure for employees Difficult and costly to implement Does not reduce noise in workplace Lights-Out Operations

22 Reduces noise of data center equipment (from 14 to 30dB(A) reduction) Immediate installation, no construction costs Addresses equipment thermals, potentially decreasing cooling costs Specialized Acoustic Server Enclosures

23 Offers alternative to dedicated server room 100% Portable Scalable Use of ambient air for cooling Specialized Acoustic Server Enclosures

24 Use of high density foam designed to attenuate the specific frequencies of server noise Designed to minimize sound leakage at cable access points Use of fan systems to facilitate proper thermal dissipation using ambient air Specialized Acoustic Server Enclosures

25 Attractive appearances to fit most workplace environments Provides secure environment for sensitive equipment Designed with operational cost-savings in mind Specialized Acoustic Server Enclosures

26 28.5 dB(A) Noise Reduction Thermal Dissipation of 7.2kW Energy Efficient Available in 12u, 24u and 42u sizes Specialized Acoustic Server Enclosures: UCOUSTIC

27 28.5 dB(A) Noise Reduction Thermal Dissipation of 7.2kW Energy Efficient Available in: Oak, Maple, Beech, Cherry, Ash, Walnut, Mahogany for 12u, 24u and 42u sizes Specialized Acoustic Server Enclosures: UCOUSTIC Premium Wood Option

28 Up to 30 dB(A) Noise Reduction using Active Noise Cancellation Technology Thermal Dissipation of 8kW Glass Front Door Available in 15u and 33u sizes Active Silencer Fan Tray™(ASFT™) AcoustiRACK ACTIVE is an alliance partner in HP BladeSystem Solution Builder Program and for Intel Modular Servers supporting Active Noise Control Enclosure Solutions. Specialized Acoustic Server Enclosures: AcoustiRACK Active

29 20.7 dB(A) Noise Reduction Thermal Dissipation up to 3kW Built for the Budget conscious Cost- Effective Available in a variety of sizes & Depths 24U, 35U & 44U – (36” & 42” deep) Specialized Acoustic Server Enclosures: AcoustiQuiet

30 14 dB(A) Noise Reduction Thermal Dissipation 9u (1.2KW) & 12u (1.5KW) Cost-Effective, SOHO applications Available in 9u & 12u Specialized Acoustic Server Enclosures: AcoustiQuiet Mini Cabinet

31 Isolation of loud servers in existing data center rooms / NOC (network operation centers) Laboratories /Libraries / Broadcast & Sound Studios Classrooms / Lecture Halls /Training Rooms Medical Offices & Clinics / Hospitals Boardrooms / Public Safety Facilities Acoustic Server Enclosure Applications

32 Open Office Environments Alternative to data room build-out in smaller satellite offices / Branch Offices Environments with limited space / rented space Future Relocation / Temporary IT Moves Workspaces where cooling options are limited Acoustic Server Enclosure Applications

33 Budgets Available Floor Space Electrical Requirements and Consumption HVAC Requirements Deployment Timeline Scalability Portability Deployment Considerations

34 ROI Scenarios Mkt. Research Firm, Mid Atlantic US Not building a server room saved: Total Savings Over 3 Years: $119,817 Savings Breakdown: Rental Cost Per Year: $18,720 AC Running Cost Per Year: $4,719 Room Conversion Cost: $49,500 Equipment Deployed: 3 x Cisco Catalyst Gb PoE Switches 6 x Switches 3 fibre panels 1 x UPS Approx Max Thermal Load: 8kW Quiet Rack Solution*: 3 x 42U racks Quiet Rack Purchase Price: $16,000 A-V Studio, Los Angeles CA Not building a server room saved: Total Savings Over 3 Years: $91,443 Savings Breakdown: Rental Cost Per Year: $13,520 AC Running Cost Per Year: $5,961 Room Conversion Cost: $33,000 Equipment Deployed: 2 x XServe (Dual Processor) 1 x Telephone System 2 x File Servers 10 x Render Nodes Approx Max Thermal Load: 10kW Quiet Rack Solution: 2 x 12U Quiet Rack Purchase Price: $9,000

35 Medium Size Enterprise, Chicago Metro Not building a server room saved: Total Savings Over 3 Years: $55,020 Savings Breakdown: Rental Cost Per Year: $8,700 AC. Running Cost Per Year: $1,390 Room Conversion Cost: $24,750 Equipment Deployed: 2 x PoE Switches 2 x Tower Server (Single Processor) 3 x Servers (5 Processors in Total) 2 x NAS boxes 1 x UPS Approx Max Thermal Load: 2kW Quiet Rack Solution*: 1 x 24U rack Quiet Rack Purchase Price: $4,900 Private Middle School, North East US Not building a server room saved: Total Savings Over 3 Years: $45,906 Savings Breakdown: Rental Cost Per Year: $4,355 AC. Running Cost Per Year: $2,697 Room Conversion Cost: $24,750 Equipment Deployed: 5 x mini desktops 5 x Dual Processor Servers 1 x fully populated RAID 2 x Switches 1 x Firewall & 1 x UPS Approx Max Thermal Load: 4kW Quiet Rack Solution*: 1 x 42U rack Quiet Rack Purchase Price: $8,300 ROI Scenarios

36 US Rack Distributors Password protected Dealer Web Page USER NAME: dealers ; Pass Word: USRD2010! Demonstrating dB(A) Noise Reduction Effect Industry Forum Web Page Helpful URL’s

37 As OSHA tightens down on undue noise in the work place, in the Data Centers, or at processing facilities, driving workers compensation insurance claims against the enterprise, we offer practical solutions. Our Soundproof Rack Server Cabinets help mitigate the incessant Noise caused by the proliferation of Servers, Network Elements and AV Electronics, even while optimizing power consumption efficiencies. Quiet Server Rack Cabinet Deployments can resolve noise pollution, increase energy efficiency, and reduce costs. QUESTIONS? Noise Reduction in the Data Center


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