Just like for any plant, it is critical for the data center to sustain minimal to no interruptions to normal processes. The amount of (often sensitive) data housed in the data center servers makes it imperative that data centers continue to run, no matter the conditions.
This is why backup generators are so important. In the event of a power outage, backup generators allow the servers to continue to function—an absolute necessity. This is also why this next post in our data center maintenance series will be dedicated to emergency generators.
The following is a list of the standard components of a data center power system:
Components in the data center are broken up into critical and non-critical. Critical components will be given priority in the event of utility power failure.
When utility power is lost in a data center, the emergency generator plays a critical role:
You can see how integral an emergency generator is to the life of the data center, which is why it is critical that you understand how they function.
Our next post will cover the importance of precision measurement skills for those working in data centers.
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