2017 in rewind: The most read articles in our blog

2017 comes to an end – and we look back one last time: Have a look at the five most-read articles of 2017.

(1) ABB introduces PCS120 MV UPS for mega data centers

ABB’s next generation of medium voltage UPS is intended for multi megawatt power protection. Based on the revolutionary ZISC architecture, the PCS120 MV UPS introduces a flexible solution for higher reliability and higher efficiency in critical power facilities.

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(2) ABB opens comprehensive UPS test center

With a well-attended official opening on June 8, 2017, ABB opened its brand-new test facility for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems at the UPS factory in Switzerland. With this new facility, ABB has taken a significant step forward in strengthening its position in the global power protection market.

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(3) Top three trends driving the global three phase UPS systems market

Technavio’s latest report on the global three phase UPS systems market provides an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2017-2021. Thanikachalam Chandrasekaran, a lead analyst from Technavio, specializing in research on energy storage sector, says, “A three-phase UPS provides continuous power supply to electrical equipment in instances of unforeseen power disruption. It also protects the equipment from power surges, thereby effectively averting the loss of productivity, equipment breakdown, damage, and replacement.”

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(4) Pros and cons of Lithium-ion batteries in UPS

Lithium-Ion batteries, widely used in consumer electronics, including smartphones, and electric cars, have just started being adopted for energy storage in data center backup systems. But industry experts predict that this technology will take off in the coming years. We have collected the most important facts you need to know about this technology.

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(5) Data center power trends: Demand for smart UPS systems is on the rise

Most data centers use smart UPS systems, battery monitoring devices, and intelligent power distribution systems in a bid to reduce the PUE ratio. The increasing penetration of these new devices is further expected to boost the demand for UPS.

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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.”

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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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