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Minimizing Downtime in Critical Power Infrastructure

Written by  John Steele

In the data-driven world we live in today, fast and reliable access to information to and from your company’s business system is critical to the survival of your business. Without a reliable infrastructure, your data is at risk. The primary focus of this critical power system design is what will a power outage and the resulting loss of data cost? Downtime costs money. Mistakes made in the design and implementation of your critical power system can significantly impact your business. Unfortunately, no one standard solution is right for every application; considerations such as reliability and total cost of ownership must be addressed with every new design. The following information provides a general guideline in the design, implementation, and operation of your critical power system, specific to the uninterruptible power supply (UPS). We will look at four areas of the process: general UPS design, redundancy, design coordination, and system testing and maintenance. Background A UPS