Articles Tagged: UPS

How Lithium-ion Batteries Stand to Transform UPSs for Large Data Centers and Facilities

In my last post I explained how lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are poised to bring dramatic change to UPS systems for small- to medium-size data centers, changes that will offer benefits… Read more »

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Before Bringing Technology to the K-12 Classroom, Consider the State of Your UPSs

School districts all over the country are getting on the technology bandwagon, bringing tablets and Chromebooks into the classrooms and incorporating them into lesson plans. The devices are often used… Read more »

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Be Proactive: Implement a Preventive Maintenance Strategy to Reduce Data Center Downtime

Many if not most organizations rely so heavily on their data centers that they must flawlessly operate 24×7. Organizations build in redundancy in an effort to avoid downtime, but various… Read more »

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What’s Lithium Got to Do with It?

Defining a lithium-ion battery and what makes them different from lead acid. In the simplest of terms, a battery is an electro-chemical device that stores energy and releases it as… Read more »

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Pulse from the Data Center World Conference 2016

What a difference a week makes.   This year’s conference is in Las Vegas and being sponsored by companies with very traditional approaches to data center physical infrastructure design with a… Read more »

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Deploying Open Rack, Servers and Storage from the Open Compute Project

The data center industry has traditionally been risk averse and for good reason – business critical and life critical applications cannot be taken lightly. With that the industry is also… Read more »

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Are Lithium-ion Batteries Safe?

All battery types, by definition, store chemical energy, so every battery if mishandled (e.g., thrown in a fire) or overcharged has the potential for being a hazard by releasing hazardous… Read more »

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Are Lithium-ion Batteries “GREENER” than Lead Acid?

There are many different ways you could consider a product to be more environmentally friendly or not than another.  Li-ion batteries do not contain hazardous materials while lead-acid batteries do… Read more »

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UPS Modernization: Five Questions to Ask

When Schneider Electric merged APC and MGE UPS a few years back, it allowed us to offer unique UPS modernization services to manage the full life cycle of customers’ data… Read more »

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3 Keys to Ensuring Your Facilities Can Survive a Natural Disaster

Over the last 10 years, on average about 260 natural disaster events occurred each year, costing an estimated $132 billion (U.S.) annually. What’s more, on average 29 individual disasters occur… Read more »

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UPS Modernization: Five Questions to Ask

When Schneider Electric merged APC and MGE UPS a few years back, it allowed us to offer unique UPS modernization services to manage the full life cycle of customers’ data… Read more »

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How to Provide Power Protection in an Industrial Internet of Things Environment

When we look at the Internet of Things as it relates to industrial environments we are, in most cases, making use of the same types of devices and controllers –… Read more »

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Application needs in sectors including oil & gas set industrial UPS apart

Perhaps you’ve seen photos of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units meant for industrial environments, or have seen one up close in person. One of the first things that makes these… Read more »

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APC Back-UPS Made my Life Easier

Steve Ole Olson from St. Louis, Missouri likes to be prepared.  After a near miss from the devastating tornado that struck Joplin, in 2011, Steve was determined to find a… Read more »

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Why Virtualization Worsens Your PUE

Virtualization is often touted as a “green” technology and with good reason. Consolidating lots of under-utilized servers into a handful of more fully loaded servers can save lots of electricity…. Read more »

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How Lithium-ion Batteries Stand to Transform UPSs for Large Data Centers and Facilities

In my last post I explained how lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are poised to bring dramatic change to UPS systems for small- to medium-size data centers, changes that will offer benefits… Read more »

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Secure power for healthcare spans range of solutions

In the healthcare market, medical imaging equipment such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems are among the critical assets needing power protection. If a hospital or clinic leaves a MRI… Read more »

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5 Keys to Selecting a UPS that Will Ensure Business Continuity for Critical Industrial Applications

While UPSs in data centers are critical for business continuity and protecting the bottom line, in other instances loss of power can be even more catastrophic. Consider a petrochemical station… Read more »

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Standardized, Modular, Scalable…Blah Blah Blaaah…

These terms have been discussed and promoted ad nauseam for years.  Perhaps so much so, that my mere use of them in this title risks significantly reducing the number of… Read more »

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Office 365 Outage Points to Opportunity for MSPs to Offer Cloud Protection and Backup

Microsoft’s Office 365 email service was down for several hours last week, the latest big-name cloud service provider to suffer problems. While the outage may be something of a black… Read more »

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Important Note for Generator Owners on the Two Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

This week is the two year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, one of the most destructive natural disasters in our country’s history.  This devastating hurricane ultimately resulted in an estimated $65… Read more »

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Predictive Maintenance: A More Strategic Approach to Ensuring UPS Availability

Before I joined Schneider Electric recently, I spent 25 years in the semiconductor business, first as an equipment maintenance engineering manager for a manufacturer and later as operations manager for… Read more »

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The Truth behind the US Power Grid and How Your Availability may be at Risk

It’s no secret that we’re all becoming more reliant on energy and that today’s connected world needs uninterrupted power now more than ever. But did you know that the US… Read more »

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Webcast: How digitization is reshaping power & cooling design priorities for engineers and consultants

The closely intertwined trends of digitization and the Internet of Things have created a “connected world” of equipment, sensors, and systems across industries that elevates the importance of power protection… Read more »

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Understanding the Sources of Power-Quality Disturbances

Poor power quality can cause innumerable problems in industrial facilities. While a facility owner’s first inclination might be to blame their electric utility for such problems, it’s much more likely… Read more »

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Back Up Your Backup!

Natural disasters are on a constant rise. There were at least 296 natural disasters recorded globally in 2013, with our region contributing the highest number. As Singapore is close to… Read more »

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Lightning Storms are No Match for Smart-UPS at Alabama Schools

If ever there was a case study that demonstrates the need for protecting network switches from power outages, it is the Mobile County Public Schools in Alabama. The system consists… Read more »

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Bitcoin Miners Demonstrate the Need for a Proper UPS in Home Offices

Bloomberg Businessweek had an interesting story last month about the digital currency Bitcoin. It’s a fascinating look at the world of “alternative” currencies, which have no ties to any government… Read more »

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The Internet of Things: Simplifying the Reliability Equation

The Internet of Things (IoT) has some impressive numbers behind it, like estimates that place the number of smart, Internet connected machines at 30 billion by 2020. While the predicted… Read more »

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Stay Online When the Power Goes Out – 3 Popular Myths About Your Internet Connection

Remember back in the 90’s when the most sophisticated electronic equipment in your home was a desktop computer? Today, your home has dozens of highly intelligent electronic devices, many of… Read more »

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