Protect Your Data Center by Preparing For Summer Power Demands

During the summer months, when electricity consumption is soaring along with the temperature, it is of the utmost importance that data center managers take care to follow a few key steps to prevent costly down time due to data loss and equipment malfunction. Tripp Lite, a world leader in high quality and reliable power protection, connectivity and infrastructure solutions, presents a practical guide providing basic recommendations to ensure the protection of data centers during summer’s high energy demands.

Heat is the enemy of an efficient data center; products such as spot or row based cooling devices can help to ensure that systems continue to run smoothly.

Hire an electrician to do a review of the electrical installation. Verify that your total connected load does not exceed existing power availability.

Make sure there is proper physical ground, power protection devices will not work properly without it. .

Review the power consumption of all equipment connected to UPS systems. Make sure the connected load is not greater than 80% of the UPS system’s capacity to prevent an accidental overload. UPS run time will be compromised if the unit is overloaded during a power outage.

Run a self-test during installation and ideally every three months to check the status of the UPS.

Check the connections between the UPS and batteries (for UPS Systems with external batteries only). Look for signs of wear or loose connections in the wiring.

Always make sure to purchase an extended warranty.

Check the status of the battery using PowerAlert software as well as the visual and audible indicators on the UPS system itself. Keep in mind that the average battery life expectancy is three to five years, depending on use and the environment in which the UPS operates.

Configure the UPS to issue notices to the system administrator for any power failure. This can be done via email or SNMP trap depending on your system type. (Note: this is only done via a directly connected system using PowerAlert or a SNMP slot-equipped UPS system)

Plan ahead for load growth and assess if your current UPS configuration will support that growth.

Following these simple yet important tips will help to ensure that your data remains protected. For more Information please visit

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