What is the best end aisle containment door for a server room?
After you have established a server room layout, your data center designer may recommend using one of several types of end of aisle containment doors to provide efficient and effective air flow management. At FabraCraft, we suggest one of three door styles: strip, sliding and hinged. See which would work for your data center layout.
For Simple Installation: Strip Doors
Strip aisle doors provide faster and easier installation than other options. The strips are 8” or 12” wide and are cut to any length. The strips have holes that are predrilled, making them easy to attach onto a variety of mounting brackets. If necessary, the strips can be cut specifically around and between areas of your server room design for more customized air flow containment. Strip doors are also the most cost-effective end of aisle containment option.
For a Rigid Entryway: Sliding Doors
Sliding doors provide excellent air sealing properties and gently glide for fast and easy access into the data center enclosure. Sliding data center doorways provide a higher level of protection and keep air flow contained. The rigid frame and polycarbonate window provide a safe, and more stable entry way for larger data center designs. They can be mounted to floors, ceilings and/or cabinet racks and are easily connected to wall panels to create an air tight and efficient data center enclosure.
For Easy Access: Hinged Doors
Hinged data center doorways offer the same benefits as sliding doors, as they are both rigid, secure, and easy to access. Those who need to access the server racks, such as IT maintenance employees, can easily enter the enclosure through these doors, which are typically placed at the front and back of the data center aisles. Hinged doors also keep the air flow contained but they require a larger footprint and more space, as the door must swing into or away from the enclosure.