A proper data center design leads to smooth sailing. Anything can happen to your data center, no matter how good (or bad) its design is. Not investing in a data center operations program will cost money, time and possibly your reputation. We want to help you avoid making major mistakes when you’re operating and maintaining your data center. The key lies in the methodology behind your operations and maintenance program. All too often, companies put immense amounts of capital and expertise into the design of their facilities. However, when construction is complete, data center operations are an afterthought. Here are [...]
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So, you’re contemplating consolidating your data center. Let us help! We’re here to provide you with step-by-step directions if you choose to consolidate. A major driver behind data center consolidation is the outsourcing of enterprise IT functions to the cloud to enable greater efficiency and scalability. As enterprises migrate their data centers, IT infrastructure processes, and computing platforms to the cloud, many seize the opportunity to realize cost savings by consolidating on-premise data center equipment and space. Many IT professionals already have running, consolidated data centers and are finding the operational, financial and competitive advantages of consolidation are clear. Most [...]
Are you wondering what stands between you and an optimized data center? First, try addressing these three key issues: Efficiency: how can you make the most of your energy while ensuring reliability and availability? Agility: as business needs change, how can your data center infrastructure keep pace? Visibility: as your data center becomes more critical, can you ensure that it is always functioning at its peak performance? In any data center, these issues are critical in optimizing data center performance, which is increasingly tied to business success. There are six key challenges linked to these three issues: How do you [...]
Is your UPS tired and out of sorts? Does it cough up and sputter, putting data at risk? Do you fear it might go down one day, requiring emergency operation and bringing productivity to a standstill? Like you, uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) require regular checkups to ensure their health―and uptime. These proactive measures keep your UPS from failure—and they can extend its life. In fact, we have specific "health" recommendations based on whether your UPS is less than three years old, three to five years old, or more than five years old. If your UPS is less than 3 years [...]
Small server rooms and branch offices are typically unorganized, unsecure, hot, unmonitored, and space-constrained. These conditions can lead to system downtime or, at the very least, lead to "close calls" that get management’s attention. Practical experience with these problems reveals a short list of effective methods to improve the availability of IT operations within small server rooms and branch offices. The Micro Data Center Xpress is custom built to ensure your business has the ultimate, adept IT environment from the edge to the enterprise. This efficient unit can save you energy and money and can be easily deployed virtually anywhere! Download [...]
When looking at the advantages & disadvantages of UPSs with Lithium-ion batteries vs. VRLA batteries, the total cost of ownership (TCO) is one of the most telling statistics. […]
“How long will my battery last?” and “What is the best practice for maintaining my UPS?” are very common questions posed from UPS owners. Few realize there is more to the UPS than just battery back-up; and that, like all electronics it has a life expectancy. Many of the factors that affect battery life also affect UPS electronics. Some factors may be controlled by taking some preventative measures or simply adjusting some basic UPS settings. With the average cost of data center downtime around $9,000 per minute (according to the Ponemon Institute), keeping uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) up and running [...]
Micro Data Center Xpress solutions make it easy and cost effective to add data center capacity anywhere and anytime it is needed – in both IT room and non-climate controlled environments. These customizable designs include the physical enclosure, UPS, PDU, cooling, software, environmental monitoring, and security, making deployment a breeze in edge computing facilities. For System Integrators: 2NSystems, along with APC by Schneider Electric, provide a comprehensive starting point of integrated physical infrastructure for more micro data centers. We are able to simplify the manufacturing process and save costs. For IT Solution Providers: Together, we work to define standard solutions [...]
Did you know? Li-ion battery prices have decreased over the years and are now becoming a viable option for UPS applications. Lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries have been used commercially for over 20 years in various applications. Why then have they not been commonly adopted as batteries for single-phase UPSs? The answer lies in the fact that, like all other applications, li-ion cells weren’t available that provided UPS vendors with the right balance of price, energy density, power, safety, and reliability for single-phase UPS applications. However, advancements in li-ion chemistries and technologies over the last 10 years have provided UPS vendors with [...]
Proactive Maintenance Extends the Life of Your UPS New cars come with a built-in benefit: reliable transportation. But reliability also depends on performing regular scheduled maintenance―changing the oil, rotating the tires, replacing the battery, and more―to prolong the life of your car. Like new cars, regularly maintaining uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) ensures a reliable supply of power and prevents downtime. These proactive measures not only protect your UPS investment from failure, but they can also extend its life. Ready to be proactive? Download and view our UPS LifeCycle Infographic here to learn more!