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ASHRAE Book Series Shares Best Practices Regarding the Control and Prevention of Particulate and Gaseous Contamination in Data Centers and Computer Rooms

This book is one of eight in the ASHRAE Datacom Series - a series of publications dealing with all aspects of datacom facility design and operation. Rich Hill, President of Data Clean, contributed as a chapter lead and co-author. ASHRAE's Datacom books are a must read for anyone serious about uptime. ASHRAE is the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

Particulate and Gaseous Contamination
in Datacom Environments

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While particle and gaseous contamination resulting from dust and dirt can lead to unexpected shutdowns of critical IT equipment, the connection between contamination and hardware failures is often overlooked.

This book provides basic information that is essential to the control and prevention of particulate and gaseous contamination in datacom facilities. Particulate and Gaseous Contamination in Datacom Environments identifies datacom equipment susceptibility and operational impact, strategies for prevention and control as well as contamination testing and analysis.

“Any installation planning checklist for datacom environments typically includes power, cooling and structural criteria,” said Joe Prisco, a member of ASHRAE’s technical committee on mission control facilities, technology spaces and electronic equipment, which wrote the book.  “Contamination criteria can now be added. The guidance in this book is crucial for maintaining a high level of IT equipment dependability and availability.”

Prisco noted that as IT equipment shrinks in size, resulting in smaller components and less physical space between them, the risk of contamination grows.

The book is part of the ASHRAE Datacom Series, developed to provide a more comprehensive treatment of datacom cooling and related subjects. Other books in the series are High Density Data Centers – Case Studies and Best Practices, Design Considerations for Datacom Equipment Centers, Best Practices for Datacom Facility Energy Efficiency, Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments, Liquid Cooling Guidelines for Datacom Equipment Centers, Datacom Equipment Power Trends and Cooling Applications, and Structural and Vibration Guidelines for Datacom Equipment Centers.


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