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Choosing the right battery backup for network closets and IDF applications

Network closets and intermediate distribution frames (IDF) are critical parts of IT networks, but they're often scattered about. They seldom have dedicated IT personnel close by and are often neglected. A network closet can be a lonely place! And yet if there’s a power outage, an IDF or network closet being knocked out of commission can cause significant problems. They’re also vulnerable to both non-IT humans (e.g. the cleaning staff unplugging the UPS battery backup) and cybersecurity breaches.

Selecting the right UPS battery backup for your network closet or IDF can be a confusing process. This uninterruptible power supply (UPS) buying guide is designed to help you properly plan so you can make your IT network more resilient and reliable.

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Important considerations when buying and installing a UPS

All uninterruptible power supply (UPS) models are not created equal, nor are their installation requirements. Large, mid-range modular and smaller plug-and-play models may all have individual considerations. Requirements can also differ among UPS backup topologies and deployment methods. If you need more help understanding the differences between UPSs and determining the optimal model for your particular environment or application, read this whitepaper.

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Power management 101: A quick guide to getting the most out of your hardware

There is a shift in the IT industry; technology professionals are focusing on more secure and reliable remote site management, making it necessary to monitor network devices remotely—anytime from anywhere. From a basic network card to various software platforms, it can be overwhelming knowing which power management option is best for you, but we all know the devastation unexpected power outages can to a business’s critical applications. Included in this guide are different communication options for your hardware, cybersecurity considerations, case studies, FAQs and more.

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Data center UPS battery handbook

It’s well understood that the battery in a UPS is the most vulnerable part of the system. In fact, battery failure is a leading cause of load loss. Knowing how to maintain and manage your UPS batteries will extend their life and save you time and potential trouble in the future.

Improvements in battery technology have been evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Capabilities such as advanced charging regimens, software management for accurate remaining life information and firmware adding intelligence to batteries have reduced, but not eliminated, the risks inherent in depending on any battery. As a result, it’s prudent, if not essential, to take a close look at what may be increasing your risk of unexpected load loss from a failing UPS battery. After all, even large installations with many batteries are vulnerable to the failure of a single battery.

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Choosing the right battery backup for network closets and IDF applications

Network closets and intermediate distribution frames (IDF) are critical parts of IT networks, but they're often scattered about. They seldom have dedicated IT personnel close by and are often neglected. A network closet can be a lonely place! And yet if there’s a power outage, an IDF or network closet being knocked out of commission can cause significant problems. They’re also vulnerable to both non-IT humans (e.g. the cleaning staff unplugging the UPS battery backup) and cybersecurity breaches.

Selecting the right UPS battery backup for your network closet or IDF can be a confusing process. This uninterruptible power supply (UPS) buying guide is designed to help you properly plan so you can make your IT network more resilient and reliable.

Get Whitepaper

Important considerations when buying and installing a UPS

All uninterruptible power supply (UPS) models are not created equal, nor are their installation requirements. Large, mid-range modular and smaller plug-and-play models may all have individual considerations. Requirements can also differ among UPS backup topologies and deployment methods. If you need more help understanding the differences between UPSs and determining the optimal model for your particular environment or application, read this whitepaper.

Get Whitepaper

Power management 101: A quick guide to getting the most out of your hardware

There is a shift in the IT industry; technology professionals are focusing on more secure and reliable remote site management, making it necessary to monitor network devices remotely—anytime from anywhere. From a basic network card to various software platforms, it can be overwhelming knowing which power management option is best for you, but we all know the devastation unexpected power outages can to a business’s critical applications. Included in this guide are different communication options for your hardware, cybersecurity considerations, case studies, FAQs and more.

View Now

Data center UPS battery handbook

It’s well understood that the battery in a UPS is the most vulnerable part of the system. In fact, battery failure is a leading cause of load loss. Knowing how to maintain and manage your UPS batteries will extend their life and save you time and potential trouble in the future.

Improvements in battery technology have been evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Capabilities such as advanced charging regimens, software management for accurate remaining life information and firmware adding intelligence to batteries have reduced, but not eliminated, the risks inherent in depending on any battery. As a result, it’s prudent, if not essential, to take a close look at what may be increasing your risk of unexpected load loss from a failing UPS battery. After all, even large installations with many batteries are vulnerable to the failure of a single battery.

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Quick guide to power distribution

Power distribution is facilitated through different pieces of equipment that take the power conditioned by your uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and send it to your IT equipment. Power distribution units like rack PDUs can manage and even control energy consumption in smaller environments as well as large data center applications. Distributing power efficiently results in reduced operating costs and increased reliability. This guide should help you get familiar with power distribution, gain interesting insights and learn key considerations for future IT investments.

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Disaster preparedness and avoidance handbook

Today’s information-driven organizations depend on the 24/7 availability of their IT infrastructures. Not only are downtime costs enormous, but data integrity is threatened by an ever-growing array of hazards, including power outages, natural disasters, equipment failure, and user error. Additionally, as data centers become more software-defined, they are increasingly vulnerable to software problems and cybersecurity-related catastrophes.

While virtualization of the data center has proven to be revolutionary for IT professionals—providing increased reliability, flexibility, and control, among other benefits—in order to fully realize these advantages, DR processes must also be optimized. This can create some unique challenges as IT professionals must focus their virtualization disaster recovery strategy around backing up and recovering virtual machines (VMs) as opposed to physical servers.

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Disaster Recovery checklist

An IT disaster can strike at a moment’s notice. Whether it’s an everyday power outage or calamitous weather event, you need a recovery plan at the ready for your network. The following offers general steps for assessing a current disaster recovery (DR) plan or building one from scratch.

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The Eaton UPS and Power Management Fundamentals Handbook

From plug and receptacle charts and facts about power problems to an overview of various UPS topologies and factors affecting battery life, you’ll find a wealth of pertinent resources designed to help you develop the optimum solution. This handbook is your one-stop source for essential information ... whether you need power protection for small, medium or large data centers; health care facilities; or other environments in which ensuring uptime and safeguarding data are critical.

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Quick guide to power distribution

Power distribution is facilitated through different pieces of equipment that take the power conditioned by your uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and send it to your IT equipment. Power distribution units like rack PDUs can manage and even control energy consumption in smaller environments as well as large data center applications. Distributing power efficiently results in reduced operating costs and increased reliability. This guide should help you get familiar with power distribution, gain interesting insights and learn key considerations for future IT investments.

View Now

Disaster preparedness and avoidance handbook

Today’s information-driven organizations depend on the 24/7 availability of their IT infrastructures. Not only are downtime costs enormous, but data integrity is threatened by an ever-growing array of hazards, including power outages, natural disasters, equipment failure, and user error. Additionally, as data centers become more software-defined, they are increasingly vulnerable to software problems and cybersecurity-related catastrophes.

While virtualization of the data center has proven to be revolutionary for IT professionals—providing increased reliability, flexibility, and control, among other benefits—in order to fully realize these advantages, DR processes must also be optimized. This can create some unique challenges as IT professionals must focus their virtualization disaster recovery strategy around backing up and recovering virtual machines (VMs) as opposed to physical servers.

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Disaster Recovery checklist

An IT disaster can strike at a moment’s notice. Whether it’s an everyday power outage or calamitous weather event, you need a recovery plan at the ready for your network. The following offers general steps for assessing a current disaster recovery (DR) plan or building one from scratch.

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