Did you know that a power outage is one of nine of the most common problems that can affect the quality and availability of power? Often a power outage happens in a building or business premise however it is not reported outside the facility.
Based on estimates, a single hour of downtime costs a small business an average of £800 and a large commercial organisation £8,500. These estimates are not inclusive of costs incurred by damaged IT equipment (an occasional side-effect of power cuts and power failure).
Essentially, our grid power is becoming less reliable – and many businesses are not taking enough measures to protect themselves from power cuts and other sources of power failure.
Even the best-made contingency plans can be prone to failure.
On 23 December 2013, Gatwick Airport experienced unprecedented rainfall. More rain fell on that one day (68mm) than had done for the whole of the month, far exceeding Met Office forecasts. The airport’s flood risk assessment failed to foresee such problems, which led to what was described by its Chief Executive Stewart Wingate as, “…the worst flooding in the airport’s living memory.”
UPS Systems will supply standby power equipment to the UK’s Met Office following the announcement of the first successful tender between six framework suppliers.
Announced on December 4 2013, the tender comprises two sets of 4 x 100kVA Riello MST Multi Sentry UPS. UPS Systems will install the equipment during the first quarter of 2014. The standby power supplies will ensure that vital computing equipment at the Met Office’s head office in Exeter remains operational in the event …
According to Sungard Availability Services , power cuts were the single biggest cause of business disruption in 2011, with incidents in 2011 rising by 10% from the previous year. These results, represented in the table below, strongly indicate that theoffice workplace remains at most risk of power cut induced downtime, accounting for 80% of disruptions. Meanwhile, technology failure problems dropped by 25% – possibly due to the fact that most organisations now deploy virtualised and cloud …
There’s no arguing with the fact that data centres and server rooms use a lot of energy. And one of the biggest contributors to the energy bill is the cost of data centre cooling, especially when using conventional chiller units. Cooling server rooms consume a staggering 1% of the world’s energy. It’s not surprising then that data centre operators are increasingly interested in the concept of free cooling or the use of fresh air.
Using old and inefficient uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) leads to higher running costs. UPS systems that are too big for the load they’re protecting waste money too. So is it worth investing in a new standby power system?
How much can I save with a modern UPS?
A 10-year old on-line double conversion UPS will be around 88% efficient – today’s units offer closer to 96% efficiency – a 9% improvement. Modern UPS also reach maximum efficiency more …
Having sufficient standby power is essential if you want to protect your electrical equipment against mains failure. What should you consider when you specify your UPS system?
The nature of your organisation
The equipment used by your organisation will help to determine the type of protection you need. For example, data centres with rows of rack-mounted servers require a larger UPS to back-up their operations. While large computer rooms are usually supported by high-capacity, centrally located, online UPS …