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Modernization: Making quiet heroes of data center managers

Competing successfully in today’s digital economy requires enterprises to be agile, flexible and data-driven, which means organizations must rely on their data centers more than ever before.

This puts tremendous pressure on IT professionals to keep their data centers and network infrastructure running 24/7 to support employees, customers and business partners – all while securely deploying new technologies, meeting energy-efficiency mandates, and navigating tight budgets.

It’s a lot to ask, but the best data center pros rise to this challenge in virtual anonymity. It’s only when something goes wrong that the harsh spotlight falls on the data center manager (who better fix this problem right now!).

And the biggest thing that can go wrong in a data center is a power failure. Every second that a data center is offline can cost enterprises in terms of revenue, current and potential customers, and lost productivity. Data center outages can prevent online transactions, employee collaboration, data access, customer service, data backup and recovery, and many more essential functions of a modern digital business.

Worse, data center outages can happen any time. Many CIOs can relate to this scenario: It’s 10 p.m. on Saturday night. You get a call saying that there was a power outage at the data center. Oh, and the backup power system failed to keep the power on. The good news is local support is on the scene. The bad news is replacement parts for your UPS are hard to come by, though they could arrive by Monday. In the meantime, please get the data center up and running ASAP.

These situations are increasingly likely as a data center’s power infrastructure ages and various components wear out. And they all eventually will – even the highest-quality UPSes in the world have a lifecycle. To prepare for the inevitable aging-related breakdowns of data center power infrastructure equipment, CIOs and data center managers must strategically manage the UPS lifecycle.

That means modernizing the power infrastructure to ensure maximum system availability while saving money in the long term on replacement parts, service contracts, electricity consumption, and staff time.

Remember, a new UPS isn’t just an infrastructure investment; it’s an investment in (and for) the business. Schneider Electric’s Modernization Services offer customers Service solutions to increase their system’s reliability while also maximizing their Return On Investment.

For example, as part of Refresh-UPS, Schneider Electric will assess your current equipment and power performance needs, develop a replacement plan, remove old UPS systems, install the new solution, and provide training and support. For UPS systems not yet near end-of-life, Modular Power Revitalization Services (MPRS) extends UPS reliable life, improves efficiency, and upgrades the system to the latest technologies through proactive parts replacement. For more information, please watch this short video.


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