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Every Second Counts – Avoid Power Supply Induced Downtime

Downtime is an issue that companies have to deal with from time to time. However, modern organisations strive to minimise it to as little as possible because depending on the size of the company and how critical the application and data affected, every second of downtime can be very costly.

Disaster could strike at any given moment and change not only how your business needs to operate but lead to other unexpected consequences. Take the flash floods which occurred in the metropolitan areas of Jakarta at the start of the year as an example. It may not affect a data centre that is safely located inside a high-rise building, but the occurrence of such a natural disaster could certainly take out the electricity in certain areas of the city. For those that fail to plan for this possibility, sudden power outages could be likened to pulling the plug on the whole data centre.

While organisations may have business continuity plans in place to protect their valuable data, power is one area that is commonly taken for granted or overlooked. The truth is that electricity services have come a long way and have improved tremendously. Back in the 80's or 90's, even in a capital city like Kuala Lumpur, blackouts were a common occurrence, and people just learned to tolerate the inconvenience, somewhat. Now, that rarely happens, and we don't even notice how much things have improved until the electricity goes out. Then the panic happens.

In this case, high service levels and reliability may breed complacency. We're so confident that we won't lose power that we may inadvertently take it out of the equation when it comes to taking measures to mitigate downtime.

Just recently, a blackout occurred during one of our live webcasts. Just as the host was about to finish asking a question to the invited panellists, his webcam froze and then, silence. Fortunately, the panellists were able to keep things rolling while waiting for the host to return. This happened while the Movement Control Order (MCO) was in put place in Malaysia due to the global pandemic. While the company had taken all the steps to ensure staff were able to smoothly transition to remote working, it didn't take into account the possible effects of a minor blackout at just the wrong time!

Now imagine an organisation with a huge data centre running multiple numbers of servers with heaps of data being constantly processed. The stakes would be much higher. If the power supply were to fail even for a minute and the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), if the company had one, was unreliable, the processing in all the servers would shut down immediately, and they would lose all forms of connectivity.

Then it becomes a race against time to get everything up and running again while ensuring that any data loss is minimised.

This scenario is a real possibility, but there are now ways to prevent it. Did you know that the UPS technology itself has evolved over the years to become much "smarter"?

UPS devices are by no means new technology. But the balancing act has always been between the cost, weight and rack space consumption vs the power they would supply (and how long they could provide standby power). Now, Huawei has provided enterprises with a way to achieve that balance with a UPS solution that is smaller, lighter, less expensive, generate less heat AND can give you more power and more hours of standby.

In order to achieve that, Huawei has integrated electronic and intelligent digital technologies to create a UPS that offers longer lifespan in a compact design, for a safe, reliable power supply that's easier to maintain. The Huawei's SmartLi UPS solution leverages Li-ion battery technology that's safer and more cost-effective than lead-acid batteries that are traditionally used. Since it uses a modular redundant design, it eliminates any single point of failure within the data centre.

This high-density UPS power module is able to boost efficiency up to 97% and reduce the power supply's physical footprint by 50% - freeing up valuable space in the data centre and lowering overall costs of running it.

Ensure that power outages are a non-factor. Click here to learn how SmartLi UPS reinvents the power supply system for next-generation data centres.

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