Data center backup power and power distribution

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  • For savings, IT must recharge its approach to power usage

    Power consumption accounts for a large portion of data center operating costs, so it's important to understand power usage and efficiency when planning a new build or updating an existing facility. While you cannot eliminate power use, there are some... 

  • Inside data center power

    Power consumption accounts for a large portion of data center operating costs, so it’s important to understand power usage and efficiency when planning a new build or updating an existing facility. While you cannot eliminate power use, there are some... 

  • power distribution unit (PDU)

    A power distribution unit is a device for controlling electrical power in a data center. Floor and rack-mounted PDUs can provide data for power usage effectiveness (PUE) calculations. 

  • microgrid

    A microgrid is a small-scale power grid of that can operate independently or in conjunction with the area’s main electrical grid. The practice of using microgrids is known as distributed, dispersed, decentralized, district or embedded energy generati... 

  • battery life

    Battery life is a measure of  battery performance and longevity, which can be quantified in several ways: as run time on a full charge, as estimated by a manufacturer in milliampere hours, or as the number of charge cycles until the end of useful lif... 

  • clean electricity

    Clean electricity is electrical power that is free from voltage spikes and drops. Voltage ripple or noise that is outside the ideal sine waveform is sometimes referred to as dirty electricity or electrical pollution. 

  • solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC)

    A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is a fuel cell that derives its energy directly from the oxidation of a solid or ceramic material called an electrolyte. Ordinarily, fuel cells are powered by substances that are gases or liquids at room temperature, su... 

  • off-grid data center

    An off-grid data center is a facility that produces all its own power and is not connected to any external source, such as the electrical power grid. 

  • off the grid

    Off the grid is a designation for facilities that produce all their own energy and are not connected to any external source, such as the electrical power grid. 

  • green data center

    A green data center is a repository for the storage, management, and dissemination of data in which the mechanical, lighting, electrical and computer systems are designed for maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact... (Continued) 

  • power usage effectiveness (PUE)

    Power usage effectiveness (PUE) is a metric used to determine the energy efficiency of a data center. PUE is determined by dividing the amount of power entering a data center by the power used to run the computer infrastructure within it. (Continued.... 

  • intelligent power management (IPM)

    Intelligent Power Management (IPM) is a combination of hardware and software that optimizes the distribution and use of electrical power in computer systems and data centers. While the installation of IPM involves up-front cost and ongoing maintenanc... 

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