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5 ways to increase power system availability in data centers

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A power system design flaw or failure in the electric grid can bring down even the most sophisticated data center.
Here are five best practices to help mitigate your exposure to power-related downtime.

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5 ways to increase power system availability in data centers

  1. 1. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. Five ways to increase power system availability
  2. 2. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 2 Data centers are a cornerstone of our always-connected lives and a strategic asset, making reliability and uptime more important than ever. However, businesses are vulnerable to a variety of threats, some out of their control.
  3. 3. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 3 A power system design flaw or failure in the electric grid can bring down even the most sophisticated data center. Here are five best practices to help mitigate your exposure to power- related downtime.
  4. 4. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 4 1. Focus on long-term value Challenge: Short- and long-term priorities are often in conflict during data center construction or renovation. • Those building the facility are asked to hold down costs and shorten completion times. • Those operating the facility want quality equipment that meets operating specifications.
  5. 5. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 5 Best practice: Decision makers should make sure no one trades long-term risk for short-term savings. And they should communicate the importance of adhering to original operating specifications, even if it means spending a little more. 1. Focus on long-term value
  6. 6. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 6 2. Consider ease of repair and reliability Challenge: Availability and reliability are sometimes used interchangeably—but the two have distinct meanings. Repair time is a big factor when assessing system availability. For example, a power supply may rarely experience downtime (highly reliable), but not be highly available because it has a high mean time to repair.
  7. 7. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 7 Best practice: When evaluating power system components, look for products that are highly reliable and quickly repairable. In particular, investigate how swiftly and effectively a given power system manufacturer can service products. 2. Consider ease of repair and reliability
  8. 8. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 8 3. Implement monitoring and proactive diagnostics Challenge: Few systems fail without warning, except in disasters. It’s just that their warnings often go unheeded since the monitoring systems in place are reactive in nature. If facilities managers aren’t monitoring the right performance indicators, they may know nothing about an impending breakdown until after it happens.
  9. 9. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 9 Best practice: The latest enterprise management products can help with monitoring and proactively maintaining mission-critical equipment. Facilities departments need to have work processes in place for consulting the software and responding swiftly to signs of danger. 3. Implement monitoring and proactive diagnostics
  10. 10. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 10 4. Adopt an appropriate power system topology Challenge: Power system topology has a major impact on procurement costs, operational expenses, reliability and average repair times. The more redundancy you incorporate into a data center, the more it will cost you to build and run it. But, it will also recover faster from an outage.
  11. 11. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 11 Best practice: There is no single correct answer when it comes to selecting a power system topology. Match your power system to your circumstances and needs, based on the criticality of the IT applications the data center houses. 4. Adopt an appropriate power system topology
  12. 12. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 12 5. Audit your power systems Challenge: Most data center managers think they know what their power systems are capable of delivering. Far fewer, actually know. Only by auditing power systems and the operational processes that support them on a regular basis can you establish your data center’s maximum load parameters concretely.
  13. 13. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 13 Best practice: Audit power systems thoroughly and regularly. Update any building drawings, schematics, operating manuals, etc., as facilities equipment is replaced or upgraded. 5. Audit your power systems
  14. 14. © 2015 Eaton. All Rights Reserved.. 14 Thank you! Learn more at Eaton.com/PowerQuality

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