Research analysis: UPS segment accounts for major shares in data center power market growth

According to a recently published research analysis by Technavio, the increase in data center investments will be one of the major factors that will have a positive impact on the growth of the data center power market till 2021. The number of data centers in developing countries has significantly increased, and the need for data centers among large enterprises, CSPs, government agencies, and telecommunications organizations has also increased. Technavio’s market research analysts predict that this market will grow at a CAGR of more than 12% by 2021.

The rise in construction of containerized or modular facilities is one of the key trends that will contribute to the market growth in the forthcoming years. Construction of modular data centers and adoption of containerized data centers have grown and is largely driven by their capability to provide maximum efficiency through low energy and water consumption. Also, the efficiency of these data centers is largely reliant on the appropriate power usage without any wastage. These units can be altered to offer adequate performance, regardless of the IT infrastructure used.

The industry research report identifies ABB, Eaton, GE Industrial Solutions, Legrand, Schneider Electric, and Vertiv as the key vendors in the global data center power market. During recent years, the UPS segment accounted for the major shares of the data center power market. Factors such as the availability of different variants and the ability to operate at higher temperatures will contribute to the growth of the UPS data center power market in the coming years.

Technavio: Global Data Center Power Market 2017-2021

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Top 10 Worldwide Datacenter 2018 Predictions

IDC recently published a study duscussing the worldwide datacenter top 10 predictions for 2018. Here is a summary. Further links on this topic can be found below

Prediction 1: By 2020, the Heavy Workload Demands of Next-Generation Applications and New IT Architectures in Critical Business Facilities Will Have Forced 55% of Enterprises to Modernize Their Datacenter Assets Through Updates to Existing Facilities and/or the Deployment of New Facilities

Prediction 2: By 2019, 50% of Organizations Will Have Initiated Efforts to Rationalize Workloads and Accelerate the Adoption of Next-Gen Cognitive/AI, Machine Learning, and Augmented Reality, Necessitating Drastic Changes to Infrastructure Design and Placement as well as IT Operations Models

Prediction 3: By the End of 2019, 70% of Companies Engaged in DX Efforts Will Be Struggling to Translate Business Needs into Effective IT Investments and Operations Plans, Forcing Them to Alter Staff Hiring Targets to Ensure They Have the Advanced Skill Sets Needed to Build Digital Supply Chains

Prediction 4: By 2021, the Expanded Use of Power-Hungry Accelerated Computing Technologies That Support Cognitive and AI Analytics Workloads Will Have Forced Most Major Datacenter Operators to Adopt a Modular Approach to Deploy Power/Cooling Assets in Their Facilities

Prediction 5: By 2020, Consumption-Based Procurement in Datacenters Will Have Eclipsed Traditional Procurement Through Improved “as a Service” Models, Thus Accounting for as Much as 40% of Enterprises’ IT Infrastructure Spending

Prediction 6: By 2021, 25% of Large Enterprises Will Have Turned Mandated Regulatory Compliance Investments to Their Advantage by Using Them to Set and Enforce Automated Data Controls Across Their Clouds, Core Datacenters, and Edge Locations

Prediction 7: By the End of 2019, the Need for Improved Agility, Better Manageability, and Enhanced Asset Usage Will Force Companies Pursuing Digital Transformation to Migrate Over 50% of the IT Infrastructure in Their Datacenter and Edge Locations to a Software-Defined Model

Prediction 8: By 2021, Critical Infrastructure in Half of Enterprise Datacenters Will Be Operating Autonomously While the Use of Autonomous IT in Intelligent Edge Locations Will Be Even Greater as Organizations Seek to Link Core and Edge Resources to Support Digital Transformation Initiatives

Prediction 9: By 2021, Over 50% of Companies in Consumer-Facing Industries Striving to Deliver Enhanced Digital Experiences Will Spend More Annually on Upgrades to Their Network, Computing, and Storage Resources in Edge Locations Than on Upgrades in Their Core Datacenters

Prediction 10: In 2019, 60% of Digital Services Will Fail to Meet Desired Customer Adoption Levels Because the Providers of Those Services Are Unable to Effectively Monitor and Quickly Respond to Performance, Utilization, and Cost Degradations Across Their Diverse IT Resource Pools

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Keeping up with the Growing Demand of Data Centers – Interview with ABB’s Domagoj Talapko

In this interview for AZOMaterials, Domagoj Talapko, Business Development Manager MV UPS into data centers, from ABB Power Conditioning talks about ABB’s range of products that meet the new demand of this growing industry.

“Data centers are one of the best representations of critical infrastructure”, Domagoj says. “In today’s world, there are numerous challenges within the industry such as constant power increase, the need for flexibility and modularization, high efficiency and high levels of availability.”

With the quantity of data growing rapidly, data centers are demanding more and more power.

“ABB has the capability and resources to optimize entire electrical infrastructures and provide state of the art products and components, such as smart power distribution units, transformers and a whole range of protection and power conditioning systems. Through advanced programs during the design phase, ABB can recommend products and services that will enable the highest levels of efficiency and power quality and simultaneously keeping very high levels of availability.” Keeping up with the Growing Demand of Data Centers»

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ABB provides critical elastic infrastructure solutions for Serverius data center, Netherlands

ABB has been chosen by Serverius, one of the largest data center providers in the Netherlands, to modernize its data center, delivering greater efficiency, reliability and quality.

Central to the new power infrastructure is ABB’s TriLine distribution system, a proven solution that combines reliability and quality with safety. The system will be combined with a large number of redundant DPA 500 UPS systems.

With its own IP network and a global customer base, Serverius operates two data centers located between the largest internet backbones of Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Having experienced rapid growth over recent years, Serverius decided to modernize its data center in Meppel, ensuring that it is fully equipped for further expansion and to meet the ever-increasing demands of its customers.

The renovation project is aimed at minimizing downtime for existing customers and achieving a higher level of quality. For this purpose, the data center is carried out completely redundantly – from the grid operator’s incoming power supply to the final racks in the data floor.

ABB’s extensive knowledge and experience in the field of data centers played an important role in the selection, as Alfred van den Berg, Head of Technical Infrastructure at Serverius explains: “In addition to high-quality products, we can also make use of their international know-how. The execution of the entire project – from project management to final delivery has been entrusted to the ABB Benelux Data Center team.”

Central to the new power infrastructure is ABB’s TriLine distribution system, a proven solution that combines reliability and quality with safety. The system will be combined with a large number of redundant DPA 500 UPS systems, thus optimizing the availability of the power supply. One module will be used as an additional ‘safety system’ while the total installed UPS capacity of this 2N+1 solution will equal 1 MW.

Ciaran Flanagan, head of ABB’s Global Data Center business, commented: “We are very proud to be working with such a leading data center provider. We understand that intelligent data needs intelligent power and at ABB we focus on delivering the most flexible, reliable and intelligent data center solutions for our customers, ensuring their businesses run efficiently and safely 24 hours a day.”



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Recommended reading: UPS terminology 101

To understand how uninterruptible power supplies work, you need to know a few things about important concepts and topologies. In a recently launched article series on DatacenterDynamics, Alan Luscombe, director at Uninterruptible Supplies Ltd, shares short explanations of the most relevant UPS teminology.

In the first article he explains why nearly all data centers use online UPS topologies. In the second part of his series Alan explores why static, double-conversion online UPSs today invariably use transformerless technology.

“Its key advantage is efficiency, which increases by around five percent, with improvement across the entire load spectrum. This substantially reduces both electricity and cooling expenditure. Transformerless designs also yield a higher input power factor, which remains near unity with minimal load dependence. Input current magnitudes, and therefore cabling and switchgear sizing, are reduced. This sometimes cuts electricity costs.

In addition, the total input current harmonic distortion (THDi) in three-phase UPSs reduces from around 30 percent to below three percent through transformerless technology. Limiting harmonic emissions contributes considerably to meeting the Energy Networks Association G5/4-1 recommendations concerning satisfactory operation of the electricity supply system with connected equipment, through EMC compatibility.

Transformerless topology also has physical benefits, bringing profound changes to the UPS industry. Eliminating the transformer and the 12-pulse rectifier previously required considerably reduces both size and weight. The total system footprint is more than halved, while weight is cut by about three-quarters. Such reductions mean that UPSs become rack-mounting modules rather than monolithic floor-standing units.”


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ABB launches front access Cyberex® SuperSwitch® 4 digital static transfer switch

208V and 480V SuperSwitch®4 digital static transfer switches (DSTS) offer improved Data Center power quality detection, reliability, and serviceability.

ABB has improved upon the Cyberex® SuperSwitch®4 DSTS product line with new designs for 200A, 250A, and 400A requiring front access only for installation, operation, and maintenance. Building on the 40 years of experience in designing and manufacturing DSTS systems, the new front access SuperSwitch®4 design will continue to redefine power reliability and safety for Data Centers with its user-friendly interface, improved serviceability, and best in class performance.

The front access SuperSwitch®4 models perfectly balance both safety and accessibility concerns with further compartmentalization between the input/output connections, molded case switches, and logic components while ensuring installation can be conducted via the front of the unit only. Preserving its innovative 10.4” LED color touch screen display, intuitive software-guided bypass features and externally accessible customer USB connection, the new front access SuperSwitch®4 models also include an isolated UIB compartment for customer connections that is centrally located at the top of the unit, and can be accessed either from the front or the top. By eliminating the side clearance requirement for installation or thermal scanning of breaker connections, the front access SuperSwitch®4 design also effectively reduces the required floor space by 30 percent, thus allowing customers the ability to fully optimize the usage of valuable white space.

The SuperSwitch®4 is designed with a ‘true’ fault-tolerant architecture, ensuring there is truly no single point of failure by utilizing patented transfer algorithms and robust electrical components. It boasts improved power quality detection that is immune to harmonics and load imbalance between the phases.

In applications with downstream transformers, the SuperSwitch®4 limits potential high transient inrush currents using state of the art digital signal processors and a newly developed algorithm called Real Time Flux Control™ for dynamic inrush restraint (DIR). The results of this innovative approach are out of phase transfers up to 25 percent faster and inrush currents that are 40 percent lower than the SuperSwitch®3. This intelligent proprietary technology ensures performance that exceeds CBEMA and ITIC standards, regardless of phase drift between sources.

The Cyberex® SuperSwitch®4 is part of ABB’s broad range of products and integrated solutions that ensure data centers operate with optimum reliability and efficiency. From power distribution systems to enterprise management and grid connections, ABB provides savings in installation, energy, space and maintenance.


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