Switch has been granted a patent for an integrated data center that efficiently cools electronic equipment while ensuring privacy and security. The facility features cabinet clusters with a unique cooling system and a security perimeter with metal paneling to prevent unauthorized access and viewing. GlobalData’s report on Switch gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Switch, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Switch's grant share as of February 2024 was 72%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Data center with efficient cooling and secure wire routing

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Switch Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11889654B2) discloses a facility designed to maintain electronic equipment at a cool temperature. The facility includes a unique configuration of cabinet clusters, each housing electronic equipment that emits heat towards a hot aisle. These cabinet clusters are arranged in a back-to-back configuration with a common cold aisle between them, allowing air flow to pass over the electronic equipment and into a hot air exhaust area. The facility also features a security perimeter surrounding the cabinet clusters, consisting of interior and exterior walls made of panels that allow air flow while preventing a direct line of sight into the perimeter.

Furthermore, the patent details the specific design of the panels used in the security perimeter, with first panels having apertures for air flow and second panels aligned to block visibility into the cabinet clusters. The panels are arranged in hole arrays, with rectangular and hexagonal shapes to optimize air flow and security. The perimeter is described as rectangular and parallel to the cabinet cluster, entirely surrounding it and equipped with lockable fencing for controlled access. This innovative facility design aims to efficiently cool electronic equipment while ensuring security and proper air circulation within the space.

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