6 Advantages of Upgrading Your Data Center’s UPS System

The demand for reliable, efficient power protection is greater than ever. Power outages are still one of the biggest and still-growing challenges for many IT facility managers.

In fact, according to a recent Uptime Institute survey, power failures account for 36% of the biggest global public service outages since January 2016.

And even more surprising, 80% of the survey respondents say their service outage was preventable.

So, what can IT facility managers do to avoid costly downtime? Take a proactive approach regarding your Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) investment.

Older UPS Systems Vs. Newer UPS Systems

In most instances, there is a very measurable return on investment. Modern systems like the Liebert EXM and EXL S1 are more efficient, smaller, and offer more usable power per kVA than systems of yesteryear.

Older UPS systems were often sized for expected growth. This growth never materialized because many IT managers decided to virtualize and migrate to the Cloud.

The end results? An over-sized, less efficient UPS system leading to wasted electricity costs.

Newer UPS systems increase efficiency as much as 7-10% over their older counterparts, which potentially saves you thousands of dollars in running costs.

Benefits of Replacing Your Old UPS

For optimal performance and availability, here are the top 6 benefits of replacing your old UPS systems.

Investing in a New UPS System:

  1. Saves up to thousands of dollars in running costs due to increased efficiency.
  2. Provides internal redundancy without the need to add another UPS system.
  3. Frees up more space in your facility, which allows space to add something that could generate more revenue.
  4. Provides intelligent features for better and easier-to-manage communication and monitoring capabilities.
  5. Lessens maintenance costs with a new warranty and all new parts that have a longer life cycle.
  6. Scales and allows for expansion later if needed while reducing day one capital expenditures.

What are the “Gotchas”?

Today’s UPS units are most likely transformer-less. This means the input and output voltage of the UPS module is the same, unless you add an input or output transformer.

Thus, you must ensure that your electrical contractor and your UPS vendor understand the voltage configuration of your existing system before placing an order for a new UPS.

Older UPS systems are all transformer-based and many had an output transformer that produced the neutral needed for running single phase loads. When you replace the UPS, verify if you need a neutral on the input and on the output of the new UPS system.

Ready to Upgrade Your UPS?

To maximize the performance and efficiency of your data center’s uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and other power distribution systems, partner with the industry-leading professionals at your Local Vertiv Office. Our team can help you implement a proactive strategy that can significantly extend the life of your power systems, decrease your capital investment, and optimize your system’s efficiency.

Get in touch with us today to find the perfect UPS system for your infrastructure.