There are many things to consider when owning a business, and your critical power system should be of high importance on your list. We sat down with Arnie Evdokimo, CEO, to ask for his advice to all business owners in regard too critical power systems.
Have you ever wondered what would happen to your business if all your computers went down? Can you imagine not having email or connectivity to your phone? What if your customers couldn’t get ahold of you? These are some of the things that could happen if you don’t take care of the critical power systems that are delivering clean, uninterrupted power to your servers and network hardware. The critical power systems include your main electric service section, generators, paralleling gear, transfer switches, UPS’s, distribution boards, etc. It all begins with understanding your business needs and designing a redundant and maintainable critical power system.
Maintenance is another area that requires close consideration. Since your system was designed to be maintainable (i.e. you do not have to shut it down to perform routine or expanded maintenance), maintenance should be able to be performed on a wider tech window schedule. As well, if you have a catastrophic event, your redundant critical power system should pick up the power requirements of your servers while making the appropriate repairs.
Rule number one when designing a critical power system is do it once, and do it right, because going back to repair, replace, or upgrade will cost you a lot more in time, effort, risk, liability, and headaches. Always buy the best equipment so that you don’t have to go back and review rule number one in the first ten years. There’s no reason why a data center that is designed and engineered properly today cannot last 25 years or more with proper maintenance. “Do it once and do it right. I live by that.”
– Arnie Evdokimo, CEO