In order to maintain and sustain operational efficiency of a modern data center, one must not underestimate significance of power system infrastructure. It is as important as your heart or brain which helps all functions of human body run smoothly.

It is therefore hardly surprising that many stalwarts consider the total asset value of power systems to be as high as fifty to seventy percent. These comprise of UPS systems, generators, electric feeders, power distribution units, transformers, and circuit breakers to name a few.

Any unplanned outage can have catastrophic consequences and can result in sleepless nights for operators and administrators of data centers. Whether it is from the perspective of total cost of ownership or computation of operational expenditure, the value of power system components should never be underestimated.

Assessment of server management tools is only a job half done. One must never forget that the power systems keep the data center show running. Any data center’s facility strategy should focus on dedicated EPMS (Energy and Power Management System) because it is an indispensible aspect of the entire strategy.

There is always a lurking danger of Data Center Infrastructure Management suite suffering from blind spots if the Energy and Power Management System is poorly tuned. In the following paragraphs, you can learn more about important benefits of EPMS.

Seamless Visibility of Mission Critical Data

Round the clock visibility of electrical data is an essential requirement for proper functioning of data center.

Relevance of Granular Data- Amount of load being transported through the electrical circuit can be estimated with help of granular electrical data from energy and power meters. This also helps assess the risk of tripping in the event of putting additional load on server and also helps understand overloading of transformer. Granular visibility of electrical data offered by real time screens to electrical operators facilitates optimum use of electrical resources.

Real time information regarding status of equipment is provided through functional operator screens with help of prompt navigation tools. You can leverage breakers and UPSs to avoid breach in uptime by active identification of problem areas.

Unexpected and sudden conditions leading to overloading can be identified by timely electrical alarms. Accuracy of alarm settings help operators intervene at right time to prevent escalation of minor problems into major crisis situations. Accelerated performance of alarm functions as well as precise time stamping help effective responses to potentially threatening conditions.

Electrical Data For Maintenance Planning- It is easier to setup an accurately focused maintenance plan by leveraging analysis of circuit loading history. One can analyze disruptions of operations and loads to understand need to reschedule circuit breaker related maintenance.

On the other hand, postponing of scheduled maintenance can also be a necessity if any component has been loaded lightly or has operated below the expected loads. By adopting focused maintenance plans, you can save significant operative costs in the longer run.

Improvement of Safety Procedures

Unless you are able to pay critical attention to the safety parameters it would be very difficult to maintain or operate mission critical power resources at data center facility. Compliance with different codes and standards of safety including NFPA 70E necessitates timely access to electrical data prior to working on live electrical equipment.

One cannot prevent inadvertent errors which continue to be the commonest causes of outages that impact data center operations. However it is very easy to mitigate risk of colossal losses with help of equipment status screens.

It is possible to virtually tag electrical circuit breakers to ensure operational safety with help of software programs. In addition, one can improve security of remote controlled or operated equipment by ensuring restricted access to relevant staff members with role based security parameters.

Things can easily go wrong due to frequent instances of natural disasters and overburdened infrastructures of power grids. In order to prevent unexpected outages at data center facilities, one must analyze the exact sequence of events. Power management systems are designed for the same purpose particularly in terms of post event crisis environment.

Although, it is possible to create management systems or integration of power equipment, these are better suited for management of mechanical components and related systems. One must not entirely depend on these systems for seamless power management of data center facilities.