Aisle Containment

Implementing best practices is the first step in achieving energy efficiency; however, building physical barriers around hot or cold aisles to create a containment solution further improves data center airflow. The complete separation of the hot and cold aisle has been shown to improve equipment reliability, increase cooling capacity, and in most cases, reduce power consumption. 

Metal products manufactured by Great Lakes, when combined with airflow products from industry leaders, allow Great Lakes to provide an extensive range of containment solutions. Enclosure “walls” (used to create complete and even enclosure rows), aisle doors, and overhead options range from modular solutions for temporary “quick fixes” to semi-permanent solutions that are in place for any length of time. Combining Great Lakes containment products allow a number of configurations to be constructed. 


 

Enclosure “Walls”

Floor Mount Rigid “Walls”
  • Ideal in instances where there are data center obstructions (pillar) or an aisle faces the wall
  • Fill gaps between enclosures, enclosures and the wall, or build panels around standalone enclosures
  • This product is made to order and has no associated part numbers; please contact Great Lakes technical support for details
Enclosure Mount Rigid “Walls”
  • “Walls” install on top of enclosures to create an even plane between enclosures of substantially different heights
  • Typically necessary when horizontal containment panels are used
  • This product is made to order and has no associated part numbers; please contact Great Lakes technical support for details
Adjustable Rack Gap Panels
  • Enclose 10-60" wide gaps between enclosures
  • Attaches to side panels magnetically for quick installation and removal
  • Reversible for white or black panel

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Great Lakes EN enclosures face an incomplete row of ES enclosures. The spaces between ES enclosures, left for future deployment of in-row cooling units, are filled with gap panels (1) while floor mount rigid walls (2) make the two rows even. Sliding polycarbonate doors (3) close the aisle off.


 

Aisle Doors

Metal Aisle Containment Doors
  • Great Lakes Aisle Containment Doors (ACD) enclose aisle widths of 48-72"
  • Available in sliding or quick release (includes sliding and push option)
Polycarbonate Doors
  • Double or single sliding doors and double or single pivot doors
  • Available with an auto close or manual close option
  • Built to support unique data center scenarios
  • This product is made to order and has no associated part numbers; please contact Great Lakes technical support for details
Bi-directional Swinging Doors
  • Install in a matter of minutes with twist-lock magnets
  • Swinging hinges for easy open and close
  • Door stops to hold the door open if necessary
Curtain Panels
  • Economical solution to enclose aisles
  • High grade vinyl curtains
  • Easy to install and flexible to redeploy
  • This product is made to order and has no associated part numbers; please contact Great Lakes technical support for details

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While the data center undergoes reorganization, modular airflow accessories are deployed in this cold aisle containment application. Rack Top Panels (4) help keep conditioned air in the aisle and vinyl curtain panels (5) seal the end of the aisle.


 

Overhead Options

Horizontal Panels
  • Horizontal panels install across the top of enclosures
  • Melt-away horizontal ceiling panels shrink and drop to the floor prior to fire suppression being activated
  • Mechanical drop away ceiling panels fall when a signal from existing smoke or heat detection system is received
  • This product is made to order and has no associated part numbers; please contact Great Lakes technical support for details
Vertical Panels
  • Panels in cold aisle applications trap the cold air and keep it where it is needed—in front of enclosures to flow into equipment inlet
  • Panels in hot aisle applications capture all enclosure exhaust so it naturally rises to the overhead return plenum
  • This product is made to order and has no associated part numbers; please contact Great Lakes technical support for details
Rack Top Baffles
  • Angle baffles (30°) recommended for cold aisle installations
  • Vertical baffles (90°) for hot aisle installations
  • Attaches magnetically to the top of the enclosure for quick installation and removal

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ES enclosures are deployed in rows with vertical containment panels (6) and metal aisle containment doors (7) to completely enclose hot aisle containment pods.