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Don’t just replace your old UPS with the same make and model. Get the right UPS for your facility, and right-size it to your facility’s power needs.
Nothing lasts forever! In whatever type of facility you own – a traditional data center, a network hub, a branch office, a university laboratory, an edge deployment at a 5G micro-site – sooner or later your Uninterruptible Power System (UPS) will reach End Of Life, and you will need to replace it.
But it’s never a good idea to do a like-for-like replacement, swapping out an older UPS unit with a newer unit of the exact same make and model. Instead, you should take a close look at the current and future needs of your facility, and select a UPS that has the power capacity, durability, and longevity to serve those needs.
A Full-Needs Analysis
Quality Uptime can help you to do a full-needs analysis of your facility, to determine your current and future power capacity requirements. A full-needs analysis will help you to right-size your infrastructure, and also help you to select a new UPS unit that has the capacity and features to support those loads in case of a utility power outage.
In doing a full-needs analysis, our technicians may visit and inspect your facility, or work with your onsite staff, to answer the following questions:
- What are the current requirements of the UPS system?
- What is the size of your facility’s critical load (in kW)?
- What type of load is it serving? In other words, what other systems depend on the UPS at this facility or location? (Is it a traditional data center housing high-performance computing servers? A network hub? A branch hospital where patient care systems and medical devices require uninterruptible power?)
- What are the future plans for this facility, in terms of power requirements? Over the next 5-10 years, will your critical load increase, decrease, or stay the same? Are you expecting an expansion of your IT footprint, or some other event that might require increased power support?
- Who owns this facility? Is it a private data center owned by your company? A leased facility where the owner requires you to have a certain amount of power? An office tower that you are leasing from a real estate broker?
- What are the future plans for the facility as a whole? Will your company still be occupying this space in 5 or 10 years? Or does your lease on the facility expire in two years?
- What are the capabilities of the systems surrounding the UPS? If you want a UPS with a higher capacity, does your electrical system have the correct size and voltage to support increased power loads? Will your current HVAC system be sufficient to provide adequate cooling to the facility as power loads increase?
- How much physical space is available at the facility? Is it a data center with plenty of available room for a larger UPS and more batteries? An office with a small server room or data closet? A micro or containerized data center?
- What is your desired battery backup time? If a power outage occurs, do you need brief ride-through time (i.e. 10 minutes) while backup generators start up? Or will you need a longer runtime (i.e. up to 8 hours) until utility power is restored, because there are no backup generators at this facility? Will you need additional batteries, based on your desired runtime?
- Do you have monitoring capabilities for your current power equipment? If not, would it help you to have monitoring capabilities for the new UPS system?
The answers to these questions will be different for every facility. Based on your answers, Quality Uptime’s technicians will make the following recommendations:
- The type of UPS you need, in order to provide the right amount of power to meet your facility’s current and future requirements
- The recommended battery load to achieve your desired battery backup runtime
- What, if any, changes to your facilities (i.e. upgrading your electrical power system, reinforcing floors to handle extra battery weight) will be required to achieve your future power distribution needs
- Additional features (i.e. a power capacity and/or battery monitoring system) that might benefit your facility and its power distribution system