Data Center power: Avoiding pitfalls during power outages

Power is the lifeblood of a Data Center—to operate and maintain the critical data and applications housed in the facility. Yet where the power enters the Data Center is a single point of failure. Anything that threatens that steady flow of electricity, planned or unplanned, is a risk. Because downtime, from any cause, can result in damage to the organization, in reputation as well as in lost revenue and customers.

To effectively run a Data Center, owners and operators must have a clear understanding of the power requirements—access from the utility, the actual load and how much power is needed to maintain the Data Center, and uninterruptible backup power supplies. Outages do happen. From things like extreme weather or breaches of the facility, or even from planned outages like those in California in 2019 to reduce wildfires caused by their unshielded power lines.

Given these risks, and the consequences of losing power, Data Center owners and operators need to learn how redundancy and maintenance will keep their electrical infrastructure in tip-top shape and provide backup in an emergency.

Read more about how to avoid pitfalls if the power goes out in an upcoming article by Phil Rafferty in Electrical Construction & Maintenance magazine. Learn about maintenance tasks that will keep your power infrastructure running smoothly as well as the critical importance of building in redundant power systems. The article also discusses steps to take if you know an outage is coming and what to do during an outage.  The article also talks about how to work with IT Data Center experts to assess your power system to make sure it can handle your Data Center’s load, and outages, without compromising service.

Managing and maintaining the power to your Data Center is all about ensuring your Data Center remains up and running, so you can meet your, and your customers’, business goals.