Much like cars, Data Centers rely on several things to keep them running. Every manager’s nightmare is having to deal with an outage and in the recent 5 years the costs for outages has increased by 38%.

 Just like cars, Data Centers require maintenance and up keep. In both environments batteries are an essential component that must be monitored. For a car having a dead battery means it won’t run, but for the networking environment not so much.

So what’s the big deal?

In a recent article 2016 Cost of Data Center Outages released by Emerson and the Ponemon Institute indicated that UPS system failures accounted for a staggering 25% of all unplanned downtime.  Which means these outages did not need to occur in the first place and could have been avoided had the organizations put in place a proactive monitoring system and a Preventive Maintenance Program. 

For example, Emerson’s paper, The Effect of Regular, Skilled Preventive Maintenance on Critical Power System Reliability shows that the Mean Time between Failures (MTBF) for UPS units that received two preventive maintenance (PM) service events per year is 23 times higher than a machine with no PM service events per year. That’s a big difference. But it is important to keep in mind that PM is only as effective as the technicians performing it. Working with service providers who understand mission-critical data center equipment and who stay up to date with their technical training is a critical element of any effective PM plan. 

Emerson Network Power is committed to assisting organizations mitigate this risk with multiple solutions, including:

1. Their Power Assurance Program to safeguard small IT sites.

 2. UPS Battery Monitoring solutions to extend battery life, reduce maintenance and increase safety.

 3. Uptime monitoring solutions including software and UPS management options.

 4. They also have a breadth of UPS products that meets the needs of different sized environments. 

To learn more about how Datcom and Emerson can assist you with your power monitoring requirements call us for a consultation at 1-800-427-2055. 

Read Critical Systems deserve more than a battery back-up to learn more about why availability is so important.