Resilient power infrastructure is essential to any data center. Whether it is the power to the data cabinets, cooling infrastructure or security systems. The systems at the heart of your network rely on a power source that is reliable and protection against interruption. In addition, your available power should be matched to the needs of your network now, and be scalable to accommodate future demands.
The power supply of every larger data center starts with a connection to the main grid, which is provided by the local utility company. To ensure uninterrupted operation even in the case of a large-scale power outage, data centers are typically connected to at least one diesel or gas backup generator. The electricity from both the local utility company and the backup generator is delivered with a medium voltage. The medium-voltage electricity is then transformed by one or more transformers to low voltage for use within the data center.
Main Distribution Boards (MDBs), which are panels or enclosures that house fuses, circuit breakers, and ground leakage protection units, take the low-voltage electricity and distribute it to a number of endpoints, such as Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) systems or load banks. MDBs additionally manage the incoming power from the main grid and can start the backup generator when they detect a power outage. Most data centers store enough fuel to keep the generator running for 24 – 48 hours. Instead of distributing low-voltage electricity directly to sensitive computer electronic components and systems, MDBs pass it through an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) system, which provides short-term power when the input power source fails and protects critical components against voltage spikes, harmonic distortion, and other common power problems. Most UPS systems are designed to provide power for at least 5 minutes on maximum load during an outage. During those 5 minutes, the backup generation has enough time to make multiple attempts to start and take over the load from the UPS system.
This outline of a common data center power infrastructure roughly explains how modern data centers are able to supply enough power to meet the growing demand for connected information technology solutions.
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