Wednesday, December 16, 2009

List of Portable Cooling Units

While perusing through the IT magazine "Processor", I discovered a listing of portable air conditioning units. I don't seem to find myself working in the midst of the most refined IT infrastructures, so I figured this list would come in handy the next time I find myself tasked with managing a broom closet-turned-server-room. For those situations in which you find your self a little "cold-air-challenged", have a look at the following list (as usual, any suggestions will be appreciated and I will continue to update this list when I find more options):

Exactly what the domain sounds like. They even have a subsection entirely dedicated to "Server Coolers". 

Exactly what the domain does not sound like. Topaz builds portable air conditioners. Period. Air cooled, or water cooled, they've probably got what you need. They are a part of TempAir Inc. which is ironically located in Minnesota, USA. Not exactly a place that you would think needs much cooling.

Yet another domain that doesn't exactly scream "We sell portable cooling units!!" Quite possibly the most thorough product offering of the portable A/C (and heating and dehumidifying!) manufacturers, they have units that are air-cooled, water-cooled, mobile (like, hauled-behind-a-pickup-truck kind of mobile), evaporative coolers, split systems, minis and ceiling mount units.

Make sure to check out the ones that evaporate their condensation so that you 1) don't have to change out the condensation tray as often if ever, and 2) don't dry out your server room too much. 

No discussion of environmental management is complete without mentioning APC. Specifically, APC's NetworkAIR Portable units.

They provide much, much more than simply air conditioning units, however units of note include:

ClimateCab NEMA 12 Standing and Wallmount Cabinets 

  • Small wall mount cabinets with 800 BTU A/C units attached to them up to 42U cabinets with a 6,000 or 8,500 BTU A/C unit attached to the side.

Yet another portable cooling systems manufacturer. You can easily search for products based on criterion like cooling capacity or voltage requirements. They also make ceiling mounted units. The company includes a section on their server room offerings, so you know that they understand that their products might be used to cool down servers (which is reassuring to me, for some reason). Note that the domain is "" without a "g". Someone should tell their marketing department to buy the alternate "MovingCool" domains to prevent mistyped domain confusion.

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