Backup Generators

  1. Is Being Mission Critical Necessary

    "Not every server is mission-critical. Not every data center needs to be, either." I saw that quote in a recent article about how some data centers are looking to offer options on power redundancy to clients who can get by with something less than five-nines. Branch Circuit Power Distribution Cables are a Critical Component of Successful Load Delivery For data...
  2. Selecting a Hosting Data Center

    More and more businesses, large and small, are beginning to reach a point where their data needs have outstripped their in-house computing capabilities. Instead of spending the capital or devoting resources to upgrade their infrastructure, they are seriously considering contracting with a retail data center to host their data. Your concerns when outsourcing data hosting are the same as when...
  3. Rating Generators

    Rating Generators - To avoid Generator Failure A recent study as reported by Steve Fairfax, President of MTechnology, at the 7x24 Exchange Fall Conference in Phoenix, on the failure rates in data center components and systems found generators played a role in between 45 and 65 percent of outages in data centers with an N+1 configuration (data centers with a...
  4. Load Shedding

    Load Shedding to Reduce Your Electric Utility Bill What happens when you combine regular backup generator preventative maintenance and load testing with load shedding? A significant savings on your electric utility bill!  This was the practice I followed at our data centers.  By participating in load shedding with our local electrical service provider I was able to save over 40...
  5. Generator and Stored Fuel

    Back-up Diesel Generators and Stored Fuel The importance of diesel generators is well known by the facilities and IT personnel of a data center, especially in the event of a power failure. Due to this fact, much emphasis and resources are put into the generator's physical maintenance, but - much too often a very important factor is neglected, the on-site...
  6. Generator Noise Abatement

    Generator Noise Abatement Since generator noise levels can reach 100 decibel’s (dB) or more, compliance with national, state or local ordinances can dictate when and where generators are used if noise abatement measures are not implemented.  Our city codes allowed a maximum decibel reading at our property line of 55 or less after 10:00 pm, causing us to implement a...
  7. Generator Maintenance

    Being prepared for Power Outages…Diesel Generator Maintenance Power outages occur; they are practically unavoidable, that’s why diesel generator backups are such an important part of the data center industry.  My data centers didn’t need our backup generators very often, but when we did, it was critical that they be ready to go at a moment’s notice.  Knowing whether or not...

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