With a goal of reducing inlet temperatures, BayCare Health System, a major, non-profit, healthcare network in the Tampa, Florida area, installed a cold aisle containment system (CACS) in one section of its data center. The initial data showed improvements in some areas, but the results were inconsistent. In a few areas, inlet temperatures actually increased.

To understand these results, Eaton, a global provider of airflow management solutions, simulated the performance of the data center using Future Facilities’ 6SigmaDC computational fluid dynamics (CFD).