Understanding the Importance of Power Quality in the Data Center

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Clean uninterruptible conditioned power is one of a data center’s most critical elements which can have the most immediate impact if any issues occur. This white paper from Powerside examines the equipment, operational characteristics and conditions that can influence various points in the data center power chain, which ultimately can the impact the power quality and operation of the IT equipment.

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There are several fundamental infrastructure elements that create the basis of a functional data center environment; power, cooling and a secure facility. Of these prerequisites, clean uninterruptible conditioned power is one of a data center’s most critical elements which can have the most immediate impact if any issues occur.

Most availability discussions are focused on redundancy levels in the power chain, and mitigating any failures; starting with the utility and continuing through switchgear and back-up generators, UPS, power distribution and down to the branch circuits to the IT racks.

While extensive time, money and effort go into the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of the data center, there exists a critical but invisible risk in many data centers’ power chain—the lack of monitoring of power quality.

Clean uninterruptible conditioned power is one of a data center’s most critical elements which can have the most immediate impact if any issues occur.

This special report will examine the equipment, operational characteristics and conditions that can influence various points in the data center power chain, which ultimately can the impact the power quality and operation of the IT equipment.