Auckland, New Zealand. 24 August 2017. PowerShield, market leaders in the provision of UPS battery management systems, today announced the release of PowerShield 8, a component-based solution that signals a new era in the protection of UPS battery backup systems.

“The traditional approach of simply monitoring battery health is no longer sufficient for data centre operators,” says PowerShield CEO Len Thomas, “they need to not just be able to ensure battery availability, but also maximise their investment by optimising battery lifecycles.”

“For 21 years battery management is what we’ve focussed on, and that expertise has been poured into our PowerShield 8 solution.”

Mr Thomas says market and technology trends are continuing to drive both considerable growth and consolidation in the data centre sector whether it’s cloud, colocation or on-premise, and organisations are looking at smarter ways of managing everything.

“Data centre operators have so many variables to manage and such high standards to maintain, battery management is just one component.

“Effective battery management is about paying attention to the minor issues that can translate into major problems in terms of battery performance or even facility safety over time.

“PowerShield 8 stays across those issues and provides data centre operators with the insights they need to make smart, safe decisions about their battery investment.”

“The strength of a battery management system is proportional to the number of points monitored and monitoring frequency. With regular monitoring comes the accumulation of data, the ability to report and spot trends, and the ability to make smart decisions – that’s what PowerShield 8 is delivering.”

About PowerShield

PowerShield 8 is a state-of-the-art battery management system, based on over 20 years of experience supporting high availability for UPS battery backups.

At the heart of PowerShield 8 is software providing real-time insights to data centre managers, enabling them to make smart decisions about their battery back-ups. Battery performance information is sourced from robust sensors and processing hardware gathering data from the battery banks.

PowerShield is based in Auckland, New Zealand. Its solutions are used by organisations like Bank of America, Barclays, Bloomberg, BT, CenturyLink, Chevron, Equinix, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley and NASA.