If your data center suffers from low-quality power, size restraints or inefficiencies, you have several options for improvement: Go to the cloud, host or build. While the right choice depends on a variety of factors, there are five instances when building or expanding a data center is often your best choice.
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Critical power systems like UPS systems, generators and power conditioners are highly complex. Simple installation does not always ensure your critical loads are protected. There are at least 12 things to consider if you’re going to install your own critical system.
Just how costly is an unplanned data center outage? A recent study puts the price tag at over $600,000 per incident. The top root cause of those outages? UPS battery failure. Here are three ways to ensure these costly failures don’t reach your data center.
The battery is the heart of any UPS system. Unfortunately, it’s also the most vulnerable component. That’s why it’s crucial to ensure that along with the other components of your UPS, the battery (or batteries) is properly maintained and monitored on a regular basis.
When a UPS suffers a capacitor failure, you may not initially notice, but that doesn’t mean the UPS hasn’t been compromised and that performance isn’t affected. In many cases, a capacitor failure will force your UPS system into bypass, leaving your critical loads unprotected. Here’s how to detect – and avoid – UPS capacitor failure.
Should any part of your mission-critical equipment fail, it could result in load loss, fires or worse. A facilities assessment will identify possible points of failure before they happen, helping you accurately assess the urgency of repairs to your upper management.
Believe it or not, the biggest threat to your UPS system isn’t faulty equipment or your system’s internal components failing. It’s you, the operator. Take a look at how you, along with the other leading causes of UPS system failure, could be putting your facility at risk.
If your UPS experiences a catastrophic failure or needs to be removed for maintenance, one piece of equipment is crucial so you don’t drop your mission-critical load – an External Maintenance Bypass. Not only do you need to know why it’s important, but also the correct procedure when switching to an external bypass.
Simply knowing what your UPS system does should be just the beginning of your UPS knowledge. Going a step further to learn the key components of a UPS will help you understand how it works, identify potential problems and help you avoid them.
Did you know that squirrels and birds cause 11% of the power supply outages annually? It’s true, and they’re not the only looming threat. With so much on the line, it’s important to protect your mission-critical equipment. Here’s how a comprehensive energy security plan can help. (This post was written by QPS Director of Technical […]