A battery management system is essential for the continued uptime and health of your data center. So it makes sense that when you've bought and installed one, you get the most out of it. We've recently published a new insights paper, How to make the most of that battery management system you just bought, and it's aimed at illustrating how to prevent your new BMS from becoming 'shelf-ware' - which basically means something that's underutilised. Putting your BMS on the ‘shelf’ is a missed opportunity for any data center operation, when it has the potential of being ‘Protect-your-reputation-ware’ when there is an outage, or just in terms of managing your battery replacement budget. The insights paper covers the essential actions a data center manager needs to take to make sure you're getting the best bang for your buck, and includes: Sorting ownership early - it's important to determine who's taking responsibility for your BMS, so that the conditions are correct, regular reports and data reviews are done, and there's agreement on procedures. Make the most of monitoring - event-based and ongoing reporting data from your BMS delivers real value. It's the heart of what a BMS does, and there's so much you can learn by keeping a close eye on the data. Treating your BMS as a live resource - the trick here is to not look just at the battery, but the whole environment it operates within. Not only do you want to prevent your BMS from becoming 'shelf-ware', you want to turn it into a tool that winds up being 'protect-your-reputation-ware'. The insights paper offers 7 important tips on how you can go about this, from making sure it's properly implemented and networked to making the most of your suppliers' expertise. When you've got a lot on your [...]
Data centers have nowhere to hide in this digital age, so tools that help them avoid outages and understand exactly how they are performing are becoming critical. For data center operators this makes it really important to clearly understand how their facilities are performing, and any potential threats to their uptime. Any interruption to their service becomes known almost immediately and not only costs revenue but results in dissatisfied customers, lost business and sometimes, irreversible damage to a hard-earned reputation.