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.
How to Detect and Avoid UPS Capacitor Failure
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.
What is UPS capacitor failure? Before we delve into the details, let’s meet the capacitor, one of the most overlooked and misunderstood components of a UPS.
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.
Downtime Denied: How an External Maintenance Bypass Saves the Day
Suppose your UPS experiences a catastrophic failure or needs to be removed for maintenance. In that case, 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 essential, but also the correct procedure when switching to an external bypass.
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You may not be aware of adverse conditions within your facility that threaten to take down your critical loads at any time. That’s why monitoring your data center’s equipment is vital. Here are three facility monitoring systems to improve your mission-critical system protection. (Note: This post was written by Gary Wells, a Senior Field Engineer for Quality Power Solutions.) Read more
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