MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the data center cooling market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Air Enterprises with the 2013 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Line Strategy Leadership. The company's KyotoCooling® solution stands apart in the market for its price competitiveness, energy efficiency, solution reliability, ease of maintenance, and market penetration potential.
The KyotoCooling® system uses free outside air as the cooling source to cool the data center rather than circulate air through air conditioning units, as CRAC systems do. The outside air is passed through the system's filters to remove dust, sand, bacteria, and other particulates, and then flows through a patented energy recovery wheel (KyotoWheel(TM)), where it cools the energy recovery wheel. The cooled wheel is then used to cool the hot air from the data center. This air-to-air transfer method of energy rejection has an efficiency rate of 90 percent--the highest in the industry.
"Using cool outside air can save 75-85 percent of the cooling costs, compared to traditional systems," said Frost & Sullivan Analyst Pramod Dibble. "Frost & Sullivan's analysis shows that Air Enterprises' KyotoCooling® is able to achieve annualized power usage effectiveness (PUE) measures of 1.05-1.2, whereas the industry average is above 2.0."
Traditional systems typically require a chilled water tower to cool the data center, whereas KyotoCooling® operates without water at all. Eliminating the extensive infrastructure requirements of water systems enables users of the KyotoCooling® system to save up-front capital and installation costs, maintenance costs incurred through water leakage, as well as demonstrate greater environmental consciousness.
The KyotoCooling® system is the most widely used new-generation solution for data center cooling across five continents with varying climates, and for a wide variety of rack densities (servers per rack). The Air Enterprises KyotoCooling® system has the added advantage of being recognizable to data center owners and operators.
Air Enterprises controls the entire production chain for the KyotoCooling® system. From design and production, to installation and maintenance, Air Enterprises demonstrates confidence in its products and services. Some of its prominent clients include United Airlines, Hewlett-Packard, Bell Canada, and Rogers Communications.
Frost & Sullivan's analysis indicates that the free air cooling sub-market will grow dramatically within the coming decade, with Air Enterprises' KyotoCooling® system, as the best-in-class solution, at the forefront of that growth. This trend will be particularly strong in the northern United States and Canadian markets, where the KyotoCooling® solution is able to cool very high-density racks for the vast majority of the year.
"Air Enterprises' KyotoCooling® solution delivers a cost-effective, highly reliable, environmentally friendly solution for data center cooling that fits perfectly into the industry paradigm," noted Dibble. "Furthermore, Air Enterprises is well-suited to deliver economies-of-scale savings to its clients through increased volume and market share in the air handlers sub-market."
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in product line strategy and diversification. The award recognizes Air Enterprises' focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive by offering a truly innovative product platform, which will lead to market share growth.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.
About Air Enterprises
Air Enterprises is an industry leader in custom air handling units and has demonstrated excellence in the pharmaceutical, medical, industrial, and educational markets. Air Enterprises acquired the exclusive rights to manufacture, commission, market, and sell the KyotoCooling technology at a critical juncture in the growth of the data center industry, when energy efficiency and environmental sustainability are gaining additional prominence. The lessons that data center operators have learned over past decades have compelled them to find a better solution to data center cooling, and it is this challenge that the KyotoCooling system, manufactured by Air Enterprises, solves.
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