The ongoing growth of connected technologies, along with the critical nature of computing, has alerted businesses to the important need of preserving the health of their data centres. The combination of these developments has made it essential to have better alignment between equipment manufacturers and facility operations personnel to ensure proper and fault-tolerant operations, all of which need to support the latest technology and significant growth in data traffic.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is an international engineering organisation with more than 51,000 members worldwide. It focuses on issues such as the systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within buildings. Founded in 1894, ASHRAE has continued to guide the industry with its combination of technical and educational expertise.
To further address the array of data centre specific issues, ASHRAE formed the Technical Committee 9.9 (TC9.9), which sits at the very heart of the drive for energy efficient data centres.
TC9.9 is made up of executives with extensive experience across the data centre industry - this includes owners, developers, manufacturers, consultants, researchers, universities, utilities, regulators, contractors, and government representatives. The TC9.9 IT Sub-Committee also includes senior personnel from many blue chip organisations, including Intel, IBM, Dell, Oracle and Google, amongst many others. The committee covers all aspects of mission critical facilities, data centres, technology spaces, and electronic equipment/systems.
As Senior Technical Director for Digital Realty in Europe and an active member of ASHRAE for well over a decade, I have seen first-hand the innovative and progressive work of TC9.9, which continues to re-define the standards of data centre development and operations. Our clients closely monitor the work of ASHRAE and TC9.9 for 'best practice' guidance in the design, construction and operation of their data centres.
At the beginning of this month, I was appointed to be a voting member of the ASHRAE TC9.9, along with 16 other voting members from across the globe, for a four-year term. The purpose of the committee is to promote the technical thought leadership that is championed by ASHRAE and its committees, to benefit not only Digital Realty clients, but the data centre industry as a whole.
Drawing on Digital Realty’s global experience and client base, we look forward to participating on the TC9.9 to advocate ASHRAE’s research and publications, that will help shape the future of our ever-evolving industry.
By Paul Finch, senior technical director, Digital Realty