Guest Blog from Schneider/APC
One tends to think of UPS systems as black box devices connected to various IT assets and critical appliances or machines. While these standalone applications for uninterruptible power still exist, much of the IT space has been concentrated in a data center and even the cloud, resulting in UPS equipment that is more highly integrated into the rack infrastructure and facility power architecture.
This is becoming true for UPS systems outside the data center as well.
Distributed IT assets are evolving into managed “edge compute” systems with UPS power integrated into racks with servers and network hardware.
Similarly, in many cases critical machine loads are moving away from individual UPS applications to centralized systems integrated with the power distribution architecture.
Why Centralize the UPS?
This brings better use of facility space and a more managed and reliable approach to critical power UPS systems. Unlike the standalone UPS, a centralized implementation benefits from an engineered solution that takes into account all existing and planned loads.
A centralized design is typically achieved through a collaboration between yourselves, your local technical resource and the contractors involved in installing and commissioning the project. The end result of a successful implementation is a more highly reliable system with longer term system availability.
You may further benefit from collaborating with your contractors and technical consultants on your overall power distribution strategy, inclusive of UPS deployment, by identifying risks and associated critical loads as well as creating remediation plans that include UPS provisioning. Then, as critical appliances and machines are added to the organization, provisions for high availability power will already be in place.
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