Published June 17, 2003
Volume 11, Number 6

Data Processing Air Corporation Controls the Climate of Data Centers
Data Processing Air
Data Processing Air Corporation's fleet of well-equipped service vans are a frequent sight on Bay Area roadways.

By George Walsh
Network Editor

Ambient temperature in our work environment can have a dramatic effect on both our comfort and productivity. While an organization’s personnel may be able to sustain temporary increases and decreases in office temperature, the computer systems they rely on to store important information are much less forgiving. Computers require straight temperature and humidity control while operating twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to providing traditional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) services, Data Processing Air Corporation offers complete design, installation, and service for data centers and computer rooms.

Data Processing Air Corporation has offices in Phoenix AZ, Tucson AZ, Las Vegas NV, Los Angeles CA, Sacramento CA, and here in Pleasanton at 5673 W. Las Positas Blvd. The local office in Hacienda employs 12 people and serves some 400 accounts in the area. Data Processing Air Corporations clients include Intel, IBM, and Motorola, as well as highly respected companies within the Hacienda Business Park. “If a data center should go down, a company could lose all of its electronic information,” says David Leal, Regional Manager for Data Processing Air Corporation. “We are responsible for some million dollar data centers. If for any reason the cooling is affected, the network servers will begin warming and could overload or even shut down.”

The technicians at Data Processing Air Corporation have been trained to assist companies in determining the appropriate computer room environmental control equipment. The company can ascertain the size, intent, and purpose of a data center HVAC installation and specify all the necessary components to provide a quote that includes the total costs of system installation, including engineering. Data Processing Air Corporation can design, install, maintain, and repair HVAC systems, in applications ranging from new construction projects to preventative maintenance on systems that are already in place. “We specialize in everything having to do with a data center—from the uninterruptible power supply system to fire suppression to air conditioning,” Leal says.

Data Processing Air Corporation offers 24-hour service. Its technicians are certified to install and work on the Liebert air conditioning units used in most data centers as well as being a Liebert Value Added Reseller. The company guarantees the response time of its preventive maintenance and emergency service technicians and stocks critical replacement parts on its service vehicles. To minimize the impact of refrigeration chemicals on the environment, Data Processing Air Corporation uses modern leak detection technology and refrigerant recycling equipment.

In addition to providing climate control for the data centers of major corporations, phone companies, and Internet service providers, Data Processing Air Corporation also offers a variety of different commercial HVAC services beyond keeping computers cool, including providing for the creature comfort of office spaces. In some cases, the company can integrate high and low-tech environmental control systems using techniques that include "free" heating for office areas or preheating domestic hot water with waste heat generated from cooling the computer room data center. In today’s business environment, where losing access to data can cost thousands of dollars per hour in lost revenue and productivity, keeping your cool has never been more important.


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