Stephen Bigelow writes that raised floors may be going the way of the dodo.
According to TechTarget’s 2010 Data Center Decisions survey, 59% of IT respondents use raised flooring in their current data center, but only 43% expect to use raised floors in a future data center. Slabbed floors are also falling into disuse, with 33% of respondents using slabbed floors in the current data center, but only 19% planning slabbed floors for a future data center. In fact 38% of IT professionals don’t know what kind of flooring they will use in the future.
Bigelow goes on to say that while raised floors have been around for a long time, they just don’t provide enough cooling for today’s high-density, 42U rack enclosures. And having written my share of Cray site planning manuals, I can tell you that a dirty, cluttered underfloor full of cables and pipes makes a pretty lousy plenum for air to move through. Full Story