May 29 2012

Power Jam: What Optimized Power and Cooling Can Do for You

Finding efficiencies in power and cooling is a top priority for businesses looking to optimize their infrastructure.

Designed to deliver maximum battery runtime in a sliver of space, the Powerware 9355 20000 VA Power Array can fit just about anywhere. At just 12 by 33 inches, including the batteries, the 9355’s small footprint makes it the perfect size for slipping next to a desk or between other pieces of equipment in a crowded environment.

Like several other power arrays on the market, the 9355 isolates sensitive equipment from the downside of commercial utility power — outages, spikes and brownouts, for example — but unlike its competitors, the 9355 focuses on supporting equipment for long periods of time instead of just short cutovers. Using three-stage charging technology to increase battery life, Powerware claims runtime triple that of comparable systems. That extended runtime gives a generator time to kick on, and even allows operators sufficient time to gracefully shut down their equipment, if necessary. For companies that need more juice, Extended Battery Modules (EBMs) can be added to increase runtime by two hours. Enterprises that need additional capacity or redundancy can also take advantage of Powerware’s Hot Sync technology to run the unit in a parallel configuration.

With a total harmonic input distortion below 5 percent, the 9355 is generator-compatible. It’s also designed to transfer the maximum amount of power from the source to the load, ensuring that equipment receives the clean, conditioned, reliable power it needs to avoid malfunctions or damage. This makes it ideal for companies that need to protect expensive or highly sensitive equipment. Plus, given its high outlet power factor (0.9), the 9355 can provide juice to more devices than competitors of similar size.


Fred Pratt
“By having full redundancy, we are now able to avoid the single point of failure that every data center fears. Storms are a frequent occurrence in Houston, so the ability to transition to a generator with no service interruption makes the solution an uninterrupted production scenario.”
— Fred Pratt, Senior Vice President for Production Support and Managed Services, CHR Solutions
Loren Zweig
“It’s vital to monitor and measure your power and cooling systems regularly in order to manage them economically and effectively. Data centers should have temperature and humidity sensors throughout to ensure that environmental conditions are appropriate and stable.”
— Loren Zweig, Vice President of Engineering, CoreLink Data Centers
Sherman Ikemoto
“If you bought 1 megawatt of loading capacity, then you want to install 1 megawatt’s worth of IT equipment in the room without any problems. The only way to do that is to manage space, power and cooling as an integrated process, so you’re looking at all three while you’re deploying IT equipment.”
— Sherman Ikemoto, General Manager, Future Facilities North America

Power and Cooling By The Numbers

$60 billion The amount U.S. small businesses spend annually on energy

191 billion kilowatt-hours The amount of energy that companies will save by 2015 through the use of PC and server power management software
SOURCE: Pike Research

71% The percentage of IT organizations that list cost savings as a significant driver for implementing green initiatives

45% The percentage of IT executives who say they have unexpectedly run out of space, power or cooling in their data storage systems
SOURCE: Business Performance Management Forum