1. Which UPS Configuration Is Right for You?

    UPS (uninterruptible power supply) units are critical to keeping your data center up and running, but how should you choose among the myriad configuration options? As with most design decisions, the first step is to determine your goals and requirements for your facility, then to know what design options are available. Last week, the Data Center Journal (“Basics of a UPS System”) discussed the elements of UPS systems and how they provide short-term power backup and (in some systems) power quality improvement. The article highlighted the inability of utility companies to provide consistently “clean” and uninterrupted power, thus leaving to data centers and other mission-critical facilities the task of ensuring that the power supplied to sensitive IT equipment be free of interruptions, spikes, sags and other deficiencies.

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