DuctSox and Involta Collaborate to Design Effective, Energy-Efficient Cooling for Data Centers

The collaboration's first development is DataSox, a customizable porous/diffuse fabric diffuser ventilation system with onsite directional-adjustability for data centers.

DataSox®, Peosta, Iowa, the leading manufacturer and innovator of fabric HVAC air dispersion systems, has collaborated with Involta™, a world class provider of highly reliable data centers, cloud services and IT outsourcing, for the purpose of improving cooling energy efficiency and efficacy for data center operations.

The research and development (R&D) collaboration has recently-developed DataSox™, the HVAC and data center industries' first customizable air displacement ventilation dispersion (ductwork) system with onsite directional-adjustability, and plans additional HVAC innovations.

The Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Involta has developed more than 256,000 square-feet of colocation data centers operating in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa and Idaho. Involta approached Ductsox R&D engineers to improve its equipment rack cooling air distribution at new and existing locations. The collaborative development of DataSox's design resulted in reduced turbulence and sound levels, better efficiency measured in power usage effectiveness (PUE), which generated a significant difference in the bottom line cost of operations, according to Jeff Thorsteinson, chief security officer, Involta.

Involta first used a more conventional porous fabric diffuser system as a lower velocity air distribution alternative to rectangular metal ductwork and drafty linear diffusers. The fabric diffuser, which is commonly used in many commercial open architectural ceilings applications, offered an improved operational margin, more effective cooling, and better energy efficiency than metal. The joint conversations between the two companies then lead to DuctSox's DataSox development. DataSox is a round, overhead and porous/diffuse fabric HVAC diffuser system that's specifically designed to distribute a large volume of air down into data center cold aisles, but with low 400-FPM velocities. The controlled velocities don't upset critical equipment air intake and greatly reduce the volume of entrained air from hotter regions. It also offers the optional flexibility of directional spot cooling capabilities with adjustable nozzles for high density IT equipment racks.

Involta's first retrofit conversions from metal duct to DataSox was at its Marion, Iowa, facilities. The deployment which also included mechanical modifications to existing cold aisle containment equipment, reduced airflow by 40 percent, but maintained the same cooling temperatures due to better air distribution, according to Thorsteinson, who is committed to a steady rollout of DataSox in Involta's newly-built data centers as well as remaining retrofits. Reduced turbulence allows the rack equipment's fans to draw in cooling more easily. Combined with some server and storage device change outs, the Marion facility retrofit reduced electric utility costs by 80,000-kWhr/month, he added.

Another facility in Duluth, Minn., revealed an eight percent energy use reduction from just a DataSox deployment.

"Our (DuctSox and Involta) innovative air distribution from this collaboration has revolutionized the future performance standard expected from overhead cooling designs in data centers," Thorsteinson said.

About DuctSox:

DuctSox Corp. (www.ductsox.com), is a Peosta, Iowa-based manufacturer of fabric diffuser/accessories that markets its products globally through HVAC/R manufacturer's representatives.

For more information visit www.ductsox.com, email sales@ductsox.com or call 866-DUCTSOX. DuctSox Corp., 9866 Kapp Ct., Peosta, Iowa, 52068.

About Involta:

Involta is an award-winning provider of data center, technical and managed technical services nationwide. Involta offers clients the ability to focus on their core business instead of on IT infrastructure. Founded in 2007, Involta has garnered widespread recognition for excellence and growth, including spots on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States. The Involta brand promise is Superior Infrastructure, Operational Excellence and People Who Deliver. Involta clients benefit from our robust fiber network, end-to-end solutions, a deep IT talent pool, and thirteen data center facilities in Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania. They also benefit from the proprietary Involta PULSE PlatformSM (healthcare-focused) and Involta CompliantCloudSM services platform, which leverages the strength and performance of industry leaders like EMC, VMware and Cisco. For more information, visit www.involta.com.

Andy Olson

Dir. of Marketing

DuctSox Corp.



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