Power Protection FEATURED ARTICLE


Your Power is Not Assured, but Your Reliability and Redundancy Should Be

April 26, 2016

  By Susan J. Campbell, Power Protection Contributing Editor

The availability of data – it’s hard to believe in an era of Big Data that there’s even a risk that we wouldn’t have access to information. Yet a large storm that takes out our access to power is a great reminder of just how vulnerable we are without proper power protection in place. Without high availability and assurance redundancy, we just might be dead in the water if we can’t complete processes or respond to consumer requests.


For data center leaders, the issues surrounding high availability are much larger than just ensuring access to power. The high availability data center, according to this piece in the Data Center Journal, is one that has systems that have been thoroughly tested, regularly maintained and continuous operation is ensured through redundant components. Data center leaders understand that an unplanned outage and lack of power protection can have devastating effects.

Reliability is addressed by data center managers implementing a number of different measures, including hiring and training the right staff members and developing, launching and testing proven procedures. The data center infrastructure must also have reliability and redundancy built-in, not just for power protection, but also to monitor systems, provide lightning protection, detect moisture and so much more.

To ensure redundancy, servers are configured to switch responsibilities to a remote server when necessary. Also known as a failover, this process is used as the backup method to assume functioning whenever the primary component is not available. Operation is assumed by the secondary components whenever scheduled maintenance takes place or an unexpected power outage occurs. By eliminating single points of failure in the IT infrastructure, the data center leader is minimizing potential problems.

At the same time, it’s also important to put the right monitoring technology in place. There are always threats to your data, no matter how careful you are in the process of trying to protect the reliability of the infrastructure. But ignoring the threats that are completely preventable is an irresponsible way to manage a data center. Instead, put uninterruptible power supply solutions in place to ensure that if the power goes out, you don’t lose access to your data and the changes you’ve made aren’t lost.

Minuteman has built a solid reputation in the industry by providing the power protection you need to not only keep systems online, but also ensure your data is protected when the unexpected becomes the norm. Despite the lengths utilities go to in an effort to ensure you have access to the power you need, challenges still arise. Even the smallest bird or squirrel can get in the wrong place at the wrong time and wreak havoc. If you don’t have a way to prevent this invasion, you can prevent the damage.




Edited by Rory J. Thompson


Article comments powered by Disqus

Power Your campus

Featured Whitepapers

Security & Power: The Critical Role of Power Protection for Security

This White Paper provides security users and installers with valuable information about the importance of power protection for security equipment.

Saving Time & Money with Remote Power Management

This White Paper provides statistics and information about the cost of downtime related to remote equipment, and how organizations can benefit from including remote power management products (IP-addressable PDUs) in their power protection strategy.

Powering Your Disaster Planning

The white paper describes key components of a comprehensive plan to prevent businesses and other organizations from suffering severe consequences as a result of a power outage.

Featured Technotes

What is 3-phase Power?

This installment of the TechNotes series takes you through the basics of single, dual, and 3-phase power, giving you the knowledge to decide which type of power is best for your needs.

Endeavor: Added Runtime vs. Added Cost

This TechNotes paper looks at the relationship between added cost and added runtime when including XL battery packs with Minuteman Endeavor 1kVA, 2kVA, & 3kVA UPSs.

Featured Podcast

The Importance of Remote Power Management for Disaster Preparedness

TMC podcast with Minuteman UPS/Para Systems on the importance of remote power management solutions for optimum power protection.