The rise of containerised power systems is the key to rapid and flexible deployment of critical infrastructure. Shipping containers have been used to house UPS systems for many years. The military were quick to recognise the advantages of a self-contained,...
Re-using, re-thinking, re-sizing and re-managing existing infrastructure could enable data centre owners to utilise existing equipment, reduce waste and overall expenditure. However, this requires input from experienced engineers who really know how much energy a server rack burns, suppliers with flexible product solutions and end-users and designers who understand the future requirements. Creating a community of experts at the project’s feasibility stage could play a significant role in answering this question.
Colocation datacentres are generally assessed by customers on their PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness), level of resilience and the cost of space. One option to optimise all three elements, is to look at deploying a decentralised infrastructure. We are currently seeing around half of the colocation datacentres we work with moving in this direction.
Sid Mia, senior engineer at CENTIEL explained. “It was a privilege to be part of such a worthwhile project. I spent two weeks on-site installing three 30kVA UPS and designing the stands for the stand-by battery strings to support the lifts for the school which allow disabled pupils to access to the upper floors in addition to the sprinkler systems.
“The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.” – Joshua Waitzkin
When talking about UPS resilience it’s more than just redundancy, it’s the relationship between Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) and Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF) resulting in availability, and the overall design considerations of the system.
We know that redundancy is a form of duplication, that increases the availability of a system, whereas resilience is the UPS’s ability to maintain continuous levels of service in the face of adversity, simply put, it has a low ‘likelihood of going down’.
With the constant drive to reduce costs, avoid compromising on quality, plus the inevitable concerns regarding environmental impact of any installation, now is the time to work smarter. By working with trusted experts, it will be possible to tailor a UPS solution which is right-sized for your organisation in order to maximise the economic advantages and environmental benefits developments technology can now offer.
Mike Elms, managing director at Centiel UK, explains how businesses could save their power and their reputation by simply taking better care of their UPS.
The hospital required a space-saving and cost-effective solution to protect the critical power to this important ward which offered the highest levels of power availability and a 60-minute run time in the event of a power failure. In addition, the UPS needed to protect the power tothe Maternity Theatre as well as future birthing pools.
As a service and maintenance engineer for leading uninterruptable power supply (UPS) manufacturer CENTIEL, life is never dull! I work with datacentres and organisations with UPS installations all over the UK. This requires liaising with facilities management teams on...