How to Increase Data Center Reliability and Service Delivery through Training

The majority of data center outages are blamed on “human error” stemming from a lack of knowledge or procedural mistake. Inadequate training can lead to a situation where operators are unprepared to respond to an incident and mishandle it. A robust training program drives reliability and predictable outcomes. A highly trained staff will also be equipped to maximize infrastructure utilization and can extend the life of your existing assets.

That’s where the Uptime Instute’s 18-page “How to Develop a Data Center Training Program” comes in. The useful guide helps data center facility managers and IT operations leaders build a data center training program, offers recommendations for materials a training program should cover, provides guidance on which personnel should be trained, and which skills are necessary.

For example, it also concludes that it should be a requirement to have staff that is fully knowledgeable in electrical theory (to include UPS and power distribution), code, practical wiring, advanced refrigeration theory, and mechanical code.

You can download the guide for free at Uptime Institute’s Website»   

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Recommended reading: The Importance of Power Protection in the Food and Beverage Industry

In In a detailed interview, Bruce Bennett, Global Channel Manager, from ABB’s Power Conditioning team, talks to AZoM about why power protection is hugely important to the food and beverage industry.

Here is an excerpt:

“The physical consequences of power interruptions are obvious when they occur, but what really matters to the food and beverage business is the financial cost of power interruptions. The Pan-European Power Quality Survey concluded annual losses attributed to power quality issues may amount to 4% of the business turnover. For many, this loss runs to tens or hundreds of millions of dollars annually, but is mostly preventable!

Modern food and beverage manufacturers rely more than ever on technology based systems, machinery, and high speed continuous processes to reduce the time and cost of bringing goods to market, improving quality by reducing variability, while increasing specification and volume flexibility.

Disturbances on the power supply to this precision machinery can result in unscheduled interruptions that can be very costly in terms of lost material, production units, non-delivery, and hours spent clearing and cleaning to restart. Even a momentary interruption of a process that then requires addressing a possible contamination issue can be very expensive.”

AZoM | The Importance of Power Protection in the Food and Beverage Industry»

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Certified: ABB PowerLine DPA UPS is ideal solution for railway applications

ABB PowerLine DPA is now certified according to the European standard EN 50121 (“Railway applications. Electromagnetic compatibility“) and International standard IEC 62236 for fixed power supply installations and apparatus.

The series of standards EN 50121-x describes in detail the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements for railway applications. IEC  62236-x is based on EN 50121 and is divided into five parts, with the same titles as the relevant parts of EN 50121.

With these certificates ABB PowerLine DPA is a proven UPS delivering quality electrical power from 20kVA to 120kVA for railway signaling and rail infrastructure throughout the world that might be subjected to rough conditions such dust, water condensation, excessive humidity (up to 95 percent), corrosive air contamination and rough manhandling. Its fail safe electrical and mechanical design make ABB PowerLine DPA ideal for railway applications.”


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ABB’s single-phase UPS safeguards Swiss Alp railway

ABB’s single-phase UPS, the PowerValue 11 RT, has been selected by private rail operator Rhaetian Railway (RhB) to regulate the power supply for one of Switzerland’s most demanding rail lines.

The Bernina Railway runs across the Bernina Pass, which at an altitude of 2,253 meters means any train not only has to contend with very low temperatures but also a severe level of vibration that comes from travelling across such rugged terrain.

To prevent highly disruptive breakdowns, it was therefore essential that a reliable source of quality electrical power be provided, and ABB’s PowerValue 11 RT offered the perfect solution. Guaranteeing up to 10 kVA of clean, reliable power, the double conversion PowerValue RT also conditions incoming power to eliminate spikes, swells, sags, noise and harmonics, making it ideal for the challenging Bernina Railway route.

Mr. Cotti of RhB comments: “We were very satisfied with the product, support and contact at ABB. For me, it is particularly important that we always have the same competent ABB staff at our disposal who know the equipment history and can suggest preventive maintenance measures.”

The PowerValue UPS can operate in temperatures of 0 to 40 C and is rigorously tested – including a vibration test that ensures the device can withstand rough environments. The UPS can be connected to up to four parallel battery modules for extended runtime and batteries can be added or replaced easily.

Alex Stasolla, UPS business manager for the Swiss market at ABB added: “The lifeblood of electric rail is a reliable source of quality electrical power, because even minor disturbances in power supply or quality can create major network disruptions. ABB’s power protection solutions are critically important because the electricity they safeguard not only powers the trains, but many other essential rail applications as well.”

The compact design of the PowerValue means it takes up little of the limited space available on a train. It has been installed in a railway wagon that has been converted to measure the wireless coverage of various providers – Polycom, UKW, DAB+ – as well as RhB’s train radio communications network. Should the wagon’s diesel generator drop out for any reason, the PowerValue will take over and supply power to the measurement infrastructure. The PowerValue UPS is now being accepted into RhB’s portfolio of approved standard products.

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UPS Battery Handbook: The Main Characteristics of UPS Battery Systems

Ever wondered about batteries? What’s the difference between lead-acid, lithium-ion and NiCad? How do you choose an appropriate size of battery? Is it better to completely discharge a battery? Can you recycle a battery? These and many other battery questions are answered in ABB’s brand-new UPS battery handbook.

You can view and download it here:

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Modular UPS market is expected to grow very fast

The major drivers of this expected market growth include lower cost, availability of customizable solutions, simplified installation, and integration of new modules. The 101-250 kVA segment is projected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period, as solutions in this power range help the end-users ensure high availability and minimal downtime for the power supply. These solutions also help users achieve optimal efficiency and usability while ensuring the lowest cost and high returns on investments.

The IT and telecommunication vertical is estimated to hold the largest market share in 2017 and is expected to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period. The main reason for the high adoption of modular UPS is the rapid and simplified deployment of systems. Modular UPS systems offer various benefits to enterprises, such as scalability, reliability, flexibility, and portability of modules.

North America is estimated to have the largest market share in 2017, whereas APAC is projected to be the fastest growing region in the market. Implementation of advanced modular technologies to create a robust power supply, increasing Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), expansion of business by the vendors in this region, and building of modern infrastructure capabilities to leverage next-generation technologies are some of the key reasons that have led APAC to become a highly potential market.

Source: Research And Markets

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