Data Center Noise Solutions – As Steven Carlini stated in his article, “Silencing Your Noisy Data Center Infrastructure – with Liquid Cooling“, data centers are famous for being very noisy, surprisingly noisy in fact. For instance, with internal noise levels ranging from 75dBA to a high of 95dBA, these data centers can run afoul of OSHA and HIOSH regulations relating to workplace safety.
In addition to the internal noise levels generated by the fans and switches of the servers themselves, the cooling systems for these facilities employ large external HVAC systems with massive chillers that create excessive noise, impacting both the interior of the building and the surrounding neighbors. As a result of this external noise, complaints for violating noise ordinances can lead to fines.
Mr. Carlini touches on ways to reduce the noise from the servers themselves using some new cooling technologies, but to reduce the noise from the external cooling systems, you will need an enclosure solution that incorporates noise absorption, blocking and dissipation. Such a solution will provide relief for the internal workers as well as the neighbors in the area.
We offer a variety of solutions to resolve the external noise issue ranging from something as simple as installing Acoustiblok® noise blocking material and Quietfiber® noise absorption material to existing enclosure structures such as wood or chain link fences, to designing complete enclosures built using our patented All Weather Sound Panels®.