Develop a Standby Power Strategy

Protect critical assets by determining the right standby power solution for the enterprise.

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Your Challenge

  • Many IT departments overlook best practices for standby power assessment and procurement, mistaking this critical infrastructure for a commodity-like purchase.
  • IT must put the time and effort into current and future requirements gathering for critical components of the data center to ensure the system can meet the needs of the business.
  • Without conducting proper requirements gathering organizations often undersize or oversize UPS requirements leading to insufficient capacity and significant cost overrun due to misalignment with business needs.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Despite added system and electricity costs, on-line double conversion systems are best for business and industrial applications. Seek a UPS system that is modular and scalable to fit current and future needs.
  • Standby power is a costly, but necessary investment. The average organization spends $705 per kVA. Gather requirements to right-size standby power for the enterprise and avoid unnecessary costs.
  • Info-Tech finds a strong correlation between difficulty gaining management buy-in, and the number of unplanned outages experienced. This critical component should be an easy sell to the business, meaning IT must build a stronger business case.

Impact and Result

  • Organizations have gone beyond industry standards and discovered that they can get an additional 5 years on UPS, 2 years on batteries, and 7 years on generators when they implement routine maintenance and testing.
  • Conduct requirements gathering and complete a detailed business impact analysis to identify the costs of downtime and gain management buy-in for this critical piece of infrastructure.

Develop a Standby Power Strategy

1

Understand standby power

Identify and overcome common challenges associated with standby power.

2

Identify standby power requirements

Right-size standby power equipment.

3

Assess standby power options

Build the business case and choose the best solution for the business.

4

Understand the market for standby power

Determine criteria for selecting standby power vendors.

5

Implement standby power routine maintenance

Extend the useful life of standby power equipment.

Search Code: 42745
Published: May 17, 2011
Last Revised: May 17, 2011