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Involta Announces Collaboration with DuctSox to Design Innovative Cooling System for Data Centers

01/20/2017

Cedar Rapids, IA - Involta, LLC, an industry-leading managed IT, cloud computing and data center services company, announced today their collaboration with DuctSox®, the leading manufacturer of fabric HVAC air dispersion systems. The collaboration’s first development is DataSox™, the industry’s first customizable, porous/diffuse fabric ventilation system.

Involta Announces Collaboration with DuctSox to Design Innovative Cooling System for Data Centers “DataSox is the result of an exciting collaboration between DuctSox and Involta,” said Jeff Thorsteinson, Involta Chief Security Officer. “DataSox has made an immediate improvement in air distribution at our facility in Marion, Iowa. The high level of precision control coupled with incredible energy savings are game-changing.”

Proper airflow is critical in world-class data centers, and when Involta saw room for improvement in ductwork, they approached DuctSox. Research and Development engineers at DuctSox worked with Involta to design an advanced air distribution system for equipment rack cooling. The result was DataSox, a porous, round fabric HVAC diffuser system that effectively and efficiently distributes air into data center cold aisles.

With directional spot cooling capabilities, DataSox can manage the highest density IT equipment racks while increasing energy-efficiency and decreasing costs. DataSox distributes at 400 feet per minute, ensuring that air velocities do not upset critical equipment air intake while greatly reducing the volume of entrained air from hotter regions. A key differentiator of the system is the flexibility of directional spot cooling with adjustable nozzles for high-density IT equipment racks.

“We’ve revolutionized air distribution with this collaboration,” said Phil Sloan, Business Development Manager of DuctSox. “We were able to isolate problems specific to data center cooling, and address them head on. The results have been outstanding.”

Involta has replaced metal ductwork with DataSox at their Marion, IA facility, resulting in a 40 percent reduction in airflow with improved air distribution and consistent cool temperatures. The deployment also included mechanical modification to existing cold aisle containment equipment. Reduced air turbulence makes it easier for fans to draw and distribute air, allowing for more energy-efficient cooling. Ultimately, the retrofit reduced the facility’s electric utility costs by 80,000-kWhr/month. Implementing the system also resulted in reduced sound levels, more efficient power usage and reduced bottom-line costs.

Involta plans to incorporate DataSox into newly-built data centers and retrofit existing facilities.

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