Being modular: How to power your data center according to its needs

A recent Gartner Competitive Landscape report („Power Management IC and Power Coupling Enables Market Share Gain 2013“), predicts that the power management sector will be pushed to a new wave of innovation by dynamics like emission taxes, the price of electricity and carbon-reduction commitments.

The biggest challenge on a way to a more flexible power management for data centers are still traditional UPS: They are built for a different age, when flexibility wasn’t a priority.

“The problem with older-style UPS was this lack of modularity,” says Clive Longbottom, principal analyst at Quocirca in a recently published article at Datacenter Dynamics. Today, future capacity cannot be predicted easily. All components must be added incrementally.

“This could not be matched by the UPS, which left the data center manager to buy a brand new, bigger UPS and dispose of the old one,” Longbottom says.

For him there is only one way to solve this problem: One has to use modular UPS. With modular solutions it is possible to meet the the power needs of a data center by adding extra capacity when necessary. This scalability keeps the costs low, and allows greater availability.

In this sense, let’s talk modularity again. Welcome back to our blog.


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