A raised floor system – sometimes referred to as a computer access flooring system – is a method of elevating a room’s flooring structure above its solid substrate – which is often made of concrete. The raised floor system is comprised of a grid structure, pedestals and raised floor tiles, which creates a gap above the substrate. Benefits of a raised floor system are cable management, upgrade flexibility, cooling flexibility and grounding capabilities.
Servers in data centers generate a huge amount of heat, presenting a major problem for data center designers and managers alike. When servers overheat, a common reaction is to consider getting extra cooling capacity, which is based on the assumption that the existing cooling infrastructure isn’t capable of maintaining a proper temperature. In reality, the problem may not be the result of insufficient capacity, but rather poor airflow management.