Part 4 in a 4-part series: Modular UPS vs. Standalone UPS
As you build, expand or re-evaluate your IT infrastructure, choosing the optimal uninterruptible power system (UPS) can be a complex task. But since ensuring uptime and system availability is vital to the success of your organization, it is essential to carefully evaluate any prospective power protection solution.
When it comes to choosing a UPS, you should first consider several key factors, such as the level of availability you need and the type of load being supported, as well as your budget and existing infrastructure. Once those parameters have been assessed, you can decide on your preferred UPS topology (single-conversion, double-conversion or multi-mode), the size of UPS required, and the importance of features such as form factor, scalability/modularity, and software / communications within your new solution.
To help hone in on the best model for your particular application, consider the following questions:
1. Will the UPS be safeguarding mission-critical equipment? When downtime strikes vital equipment such as servers and network/telecom devices, the results can be costly —or even catastrophic. As a result, this type of environment demands a UPS providing exceptional reliability.
2. How much capacity is needed? A UPS’s rating represents the amount of load, in volt-amperes (VA), that it is designed to support. The standard practice is to limit loads to 80 percent of maximum capacity, which helps the UPS adjust to fluctuations in power demand, while leaving some breathing room for additional devices and reducing the chance of an overload.
3. Will your UPS be installed in a rack or as a standalone unit? A wide range of UPS systems are optimized for rack installation and include all required mounting hardware, while other models offer a flexible 2-in-1 form factor that supports both tower and rack deployments. In addition, some standalone UPSs are available in sleek, compact designs offering a small footprint that doesn’t monopolize valuable real estate.
4. Do you plan to expand your IT environment at a later date? If so, a modular UPS solution would be an ideal fit. As we highlighted in earlier blogs within this series, modular UPSs deliver high availability, scalability and efficiency (among other attributes), and can be easily expanded for bolstered capacity or runtime.
5. Are you seeking to manage your UPS remotely? Most UPSs can be managed through communication ports and a connected computer, and many feature a slot for an internal network management card. In recent years, power management software solutions have evolved to provide a wide range of benefits, from automatically notifying key personnel of alarms or alerts to performing orderly, unattended shutdowns of connected equipment. Some solutions even work in virtualized environments and can selectively shut down non-critical systems to conserve runtime.
In our next series, we will take a much closer look at modern power management software and specifically, remote monitoring capabilities.
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