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10 Ways to Increase Power System Availability in Data Centers

Written by  Dr. KENNETH UHLMAN, P.E. October 22, 2010

Once IT was just another important business resource. Today IT is the business for many companies. Without it, most organizations would be incapable of serving customers, collaborating with partners, developing new products, or performing other basic business functions. As a result, data center availability has become an essential precondition to competitiveness and profitability. Yet despite their best efforts to achieve “five nines” (99.999 percent) availability, businesses remain vulnerable to a variety of threats. Chief among them are issues affecting electrical power systems. Data centers rely on a continuous supply of clean electricity. However, anything from a subtle power system design flaw to a failure in the electrical grid can easily bring down even the most modern and sophisticated data center. Business Process Management Practices 1. Break down organizational barriers At most companies, two separate organizations contribute to data center management: IT and facilities. This divided organizational structure, long the norm among large businesses,

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