Hot and Cold Aisle Containment Solutions

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Eliminate hotspots and improve the overall cooling potential of data center air conditioning units with Enconnex’s aisle containment solutions.
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World-Class Containment Solutions

Enconnex offers comprehensive hot and cold aisle containment solutions tailored to your unique environment. Engineered for deployment in the world’s most demanding data centers. 

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Cold Aisle Containment

As data center technology evolves and the industry grows, efficient airflow and energy management practices have become more important than ever. Uncontrolled hotspots and excessive mixing of hot and cold air within your networking environment could mean higher energy costs for you, or worse, catastrophic equipment failure. Enconnex’s hot and cold aisle containment systems are your solution. They separate cold air being supplied to your equipment from hot equipment exhaust air and enable greater cooling efficiency from data center air conditioning units. Lower your energy expenditure and gain the peace of mind that your equipment is operating at the right temperature consistently.

Aisle Containment Solutions

Aisle Containment Solutions

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Customizable Containment Solutions

We understand that one size does not fit all when it comes to data center aisle containment. Every network has unique specifications and considerations. For that reason, we take a building block approach to containment. All Enconnex containment solutions are scalable, flexible, and future-proofed. Our team of engineers will create an aisle containment system customized to your unique specifications to ensure you get the best possible solution.

Hot Aisle Containment

In hot aisle containment systems (HAC), the “hot aisle” is enclosed and cold air is supplied into the enclosure from outside. The hot exhaust air is either routed to the return of an in-row cooling unit (IRC) or allowed to flow upward from within the enclosure into the air conditioning return and away from the equipment via physical barriers and custom ducts. Something to consider when choosing between HAC and CAC systems is working conditions for the data center operators or technicians. With HAC, the area outside the enclosure is the “cold aisle”, where personnel may more commonly travel. When work needs to be done on the power inputs of the equipment, personnel may have special restrictions to work in the hot aisle contained area. Additionally, this solution may require more custom duct work and can be a little more expensive than CAC systems. On the other hand, HAC is generally understood to be more efficient as it allows for higher return air set temperatures for the air conditioning system.
Enconnex hot and cold aisle containment
Enconnex data center aisle containment

Cold Aisle Containment

In cold aisle containment systems (CAC), the “cold aisle” is enclosed and cold air is supplied from within the enclosure. The hot exhaust air is expelled from the enclosure into the surrounding environment. A major benefit of this solution is that it is often easier to retrofit into existing data centers, especially on raised floors. It requires less custom duct work since the exhaust air is supplied outside of the enclosure and not returned directly into the AC unit. However, another consideration is that the area outside of the enclosure can get warm quickly so data center operators generally need to set the supply air to a temperature that is cooler than desired for efficient operation.

Why Enconnex Aisle Containment?

Quick Deployment

Just a 2-4 week lead time for standard projects. Our solutions are easily assembled on-site.

Complete Solution

All Enconnex products work together seamlessly. Bundle containment with cabinets, PDUs, etc. to save time, money, and maximize performance.

Flexible Solutions

Variety of product configurations available to suit your preferences. Multiple options for both hot and cold aisle containment.

Cost Effective

Multiple configuration options available to fit your budget.

Built to Spec

Containment solutions engineered to your unique specifications.

Robust Customization and Support

If your environment has unique requirements or you run into any issues, our team of engineers can consult free of charge.

Aisle Containment Benefits

Increase energy savings by eliminating hotspots and improving the overall cooling potential of data centers.

Eliminate Hot & Cold Air Mixing

Aisle containment encloses either the cold aisle or the hot aisle reducing the amount of space to be cooled and preventing the mixing of hot and cold air.

Increase Cooling Capacity

Isolating chilled supply air from hot exhaust air will minimize cooling loss by focusing chilled air on equipment.

Increase Energy Savings

Increasing supply air and water temperature setpoints can make protecting sensitive equipment more efficient and cost-effective.

Improve Airflow

Improving airflow will eliminate hotspots and improve the overall cooling potential of data center air conditioning units.

Certifications

Prioritizing Safety

We understand that the safety of your data center operators, facilities, and equipment are of the utmost importance to your business. All our products come tested to the highest standards possible.

Rigid Vinyl Material (used in Drop Away Roof Panels)

  • UL Listed Materials
  • NFPA Compliant
  • Class A Fire Rating
  • Euroclass Rating B-s2-d0
  • Flame Class A (ASTM E84)
  • Indoor Air Quality GREENGUARD Gold Certified
  • Low VOC
  • Dust and Fiber Free Moisture FEMA Class 4 Material
  • Waterproof and Washable
  • 100% Recyclable

Twin-wall Polycarbonate Material (used in Tilt Window and Sliding Door)

  • CoC (Certificate of Conformity) in Singapore
  • E84 & UL94 Certifications in the United States
  • Euroclass Rating B-s1-d0
  • Flame Class A (ASTM E84)
  • Low VOC
  • Waterproof and Washable
  • 100% Recyclable

PC Solid Panel (Used in the Sliding Door)

  • UL94-V0
  • ASTM E84 Class A
  • Waterproof and Washable
  • 100% Recyclable

Do you have technical questions?

Just reach out. Our team can either find the right solution for you or help you explore custom containment options.

Enconnex Aisle Containment Components

Frames

Rack-Based Frame

The containment frame is built around your existing server rack environment.

Freestanding Frame

The containment frame is not dependent on the existing server rack environment. Quickest deployment of our three frame options. You can build the frame first and then put server racks and cabinets in afterwards.

Hanging Frame

The containment frame is attached to the ceiling instead of the floor. Good for applications where the racks or cabinets require that the containment weight load be distributed somewhere other than the cabinet itself.

Sliding Doors

Translucent Single Wall Polycarbonate

A clear door for optimal visibility into the aisle containment system. Equipped with auto close functionality and a no threshold design.

Opaque Twin Wall Polycarbonate

An opaque door built to block visibility into the containment enclosure for applications requiring more security. Equipped with auto close functionality and a no threshold design.

Roof Options

Drop Away Roof Panels

In the event of a fire, the roof panels soften and drop away to allow for unobstructed sprinkler coverage. Designed for quick installation and toolless mounting. They utilize velcro for installation into the enclosure.

Tilt Window Roof Panels

In the event of a fire, these roof panels tilt to allow unobstructed sprinkler coverage. Designed for quick installation with an electromagnetic lock controlling the tilt of the panels. Available in single or split tilt configurations depending on spacing requirements of the data center environment.

Duct Options

Simple Vertical Panels

Simple and effective, used to facilitate airflow. This product is a best practice for liquid fire suppression systems. It’s cost effective and quick to deploy.

Louvered Panels

This product is a best practice for gas (like FM-200) fire suppression systems. In the event of a fire, the louvered panels will receive a signal from the fire alarm panel and power off the electromagnet opening the louvered panel to let the gas in and suppress the fire.

Chimney Options

Extendable Chimney

Our vertical exhaust duct (VED) extendable chimney attaches to the top of an 800mm wide server cabinet and provides a sealed pathway for hot exhaust air to flow from the top of the cabinet into an overhead drop ceiling as part of a closed hot air return. 

Chimney Passthrough

Our vertical exhaust duct (VED) chimney passthrough attaches to the base of our extendable chimney and has two brushes enabling efficient cable and power cord passthrough. 

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Supporting Documents

Aisle Containment

NameSKUVersion
Containment Accessories – Dual Sliding DoorsECX-CTMT-12DS-2180C1.1
Containment Accessories – Dual Sliding DoorsECX-CTMT-18DS-2180C1.1
Containment Accessories – Dual Sliding DoorsECX-CTMT-12DS-2180T101.1
Containment Accessories – Dual Sliding DoorsECX-CTMT-18DS-2180T101.1
Containment Accessories – Tilt Window SystemECX-612-SPLIT-TLT-CLG-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Tilt Window SystemECX-612-SGL-TLT-CLG-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Tilt Window SystemECX-618-SPLIT-TLT-CLG-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Tilt Window SystemECX-618-SGL-TLT-CLG-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Support PanelECX-61.3-CBT-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Support PanelECX-81.3-CBT-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Aisle Support PanelECX-4ft-AIS-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Aisle Support PanelECX-6ft-AIS-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Aisle Support PanelECX-1200-AIS-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Aisle Support PanelECX-1800-AIS-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Bookend Support PanelECX-1100-BED-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Bookend Support PanelECX-1200-BED-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Bookend Support PanelECX-BED-SUP-CON1.1
Containment Accessories – Fixed Ceiling TileECX-212-FXD-CLG-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Fixed Ceiling TileECX-218-FXD-CLG-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Drop Away Panel – All SizesECX-DP-06XXXX-F1.1
Vertical Exhaust Duct – Chimney PassthroughECX-VED8-CABEXT1.1
Vertical Exhaust Duct – Extendable Chimney – 851ECX-VED8-5088511.1
Vertical Exhaust Duct – Extendable Chimney – 1524ECX-VED8-85115241.1
Vertical Exhaust Duct – Extendable Chimney – 2132ECX-VED8-152421321.1
NameSKUVersion
Containment Accessories – Dual Sliding DoorsECX-CTMT-12DS-2180C1.1
Containment Accessories – Dual Sliding DoorsECX-CTMT-18DS-2180C1.1
Containment Accessories – Dual Sliding DoorsECX-CTMT-12DS-2180T101.1
Containment Accessories – Dual Sliding DoorsECX-CTMT-18DS-2180T101.1
Containment Accessories – Tilt Window SystemECX-612-SPLIT-TLT-CLG-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Tilt Window SystemECX-612-SGL-TLT-CLG-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Tilt Window SystemECX-618-SPLIT-TLT-CLG-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Tilt Window SystemECX-618-SGL-TLT-CLG-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Support PanelECX-61.3-CBT-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Support PanelECX-81.3-CBT-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Aisle Support PanelECX-4ft-AIS-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Aisle Support PanelECX-6ft-AIS-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Aisle Support PanelECX-1200-AIS-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Aisle Support PanelECX-1800-AIS-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Bookend Support PanelECX-1100-BED-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Bookend Support PanelECX-1200-BED-SUP-PNL-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Bookend Support PanelECX-BED-SUP-CON1.1
Containment Accessories – Fixed Ceiling TileECX-212-FXD-CLG-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Fixed Ceiling TileECX-218-FXD-CLG-0011.1
Containment Accessories – Drop Away Panel – All SizesECX-DP-06XXXX-F1.1
Vertical Exhaust Duct – Chimney PassthroughECX-VED8-CABEXT1.1
Vertical Exhaust Duct – Extendable Chimney 851ECX-VED-5088511.1
Vertical Exhaust Duct – Extendable Chimney – 1524ECX-VED-85115241.1
Vertical Exhaust Duct – Extendable Chimney – 2132ECX-VED-152421321.1
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Bundle Enconnex Solutions to Save

Partners and customers can save time and money by bundling additional Enconnex products with their aisle containment solution. We are the one-stop shop for data center and networking hardware. Our product lines include PDUs, UPSs, power cords, network cables, and more. Work with our team of expert engineers to build the best solution possible given your budget, timeline, environment, and networking needs. Get in touch today to see how we can help transform you or your client’s IT infrastructure.

Innovation

Innovation is the driving force at Enconnex. When customers have problems, we build solutions.

Out-Of-The-Box Solutions

We have standardized out-of-the-box solutions, so customers simply pick the specs and receive fully constructed and outfitted orders.

Stocked Inventory

Keeping stocked inventory in multiple locations throughout the world helps us deliver products to our customers faster and at a better price point.

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