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Say bye to power outages

Keith Murray, Vice President for IT in Singapore and Brunei, Schneider Electric | Nov. 7, 2014
System disruptions, which are often caused by power outages, bad infrastructure design, human errors or natural disasters, can happen at any time and anywhere.

System disruptions, which are often caused by power outages, bad infrastructure design, human errors or natural disasters, can happen at any time and anywhere. Therefore, having an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is essential at mission-critical facilities. It is important to implement some best practices to ensure UPS operations.

UPS batteries have finite life spans and must be tested regularly to prevent failure. To increase reliability, battery monitoring can be installed, and it is recommended for batteries to be replaced every three to four years, depending on various infrastructure conditions, one of which is temperature. If it's too hot, the battery will drain faster. Because Singapore has a hot and humid climate, it is a good practice for businesses to ensure that data centres and IT equipment are getting the space and monitoring tools required. Factors such as sufficient well-placed vents and cooling systems are good to prevent hot spots and allow proper air flow.

Organisations need to manage the lifecycle of their infrastructure. They should also invest in an integrated management system, such as Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM), that allows remote management of the data hub environment, including security, power, heat and humidity. In addition, this will help mitigate threats and maintain system availability during power outages.

Lastly, companies should practice periodic examination of any change in the IT environment. Factors such as an increased IT load would require a larger UPS and/or additional batteries to support the increased load and maintain desired runtime. This should be part of a continuous improvement plan.

 

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