APC, A Schneider Electric Company

In today's "always on, always available" world where businesses can't stop and downtime is measured in dollars, American Power Conversion (APC) provides protection against some of the leading causes of downtime, data loss and hardware damage: power problems and temperature. As a global leader in network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI) solutions, APC sets the standard in its industry for quality, innovation and support. Its comprehensive solutions, which are designed for both home and corporate environments, improve the manageability, availability and performance of sensitive electronic, network, communications and industrial equipment of all sizes.

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Whitepaper: Deploying a Green IP Telephony Network

by APC, A Schneider Electric CompanyMay 01, 2008

APC details energy use in data centers in this presentation. Best practices can be utilized to maintain current energy usage levels through 2011 but programs and incentives are needed as well as a �whole system� approach, according to the company.

Whitepaper: Avoiding Costs From Oversizing Data Center And Network Room Infrastructure

by APC, A Schneider Electric CompanyMay 01, 2011

The physical and power infrastructure of data centers and network rooms is typically oversized by more than 100%. Statistics related to oversizing are presented. The costs associated with oversizing are quantified. The fundamental reasons why oversizing occurs are discussed. An architecture and method for avoiding oversizing is described.

Whitepaper: Cooling Strategies for Ultra-High Density Racks and Blade Server

by APC, A Schneider Electric CompanyMay 01, 2011

Rack power of 10 kW per rack or more can result from the deployment of high density information technology equipment such as blade servers. This creates difficult cooling challenges in a data center environment where the industry average rack power consumption is under 2 kW. Five strategies for deploying ultra-high power racks are described, covering practical solutions for both new and existing data centers.

Whitepaper: Ten Errors To Avoid When Commissioning A Data Center

by APC, A Schneider Electric CompanyMay 01, 2011

Data center commissioning can deliver an unbiased evaluation of whether a newly constructed data center will be an operational success or a failure. Proper execution of the commissioning process is a critical step in determining how the data center operates as an integrated system. The documentation produced as a result of commissioning is also the single, most enduring value added deliverable in a data center's operational life. This paper outlines the ten most common errors that prevent successful execution of the commissioning process.

Whitepaper: Reducing the Hidden Costs Associated with Upgrades of Data Center Power Capacity

by APC, A Schneider Electric CompanyMay 01, 2011

Scaling the power capacity of legacy UPS systems leads to hidden costs that may outweigh the very benefit that scalability intends to provide. A scalable UPS system provides a significant benefit to the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of data center and network room physical infrastructure. This paper describes the drawbacks of scaling legacy UPS systems and how scalable rack-based systems address these drawbacks. The cost factors of both methods are described, quantified and compared.

Whitepaper: The Seven Types Of Power Problems

by APC, A Schneider Electric CompanyJul 01, 2011

Many of the mysteries of equipment failure, downtime, software and data corruption, are often the result of a problematic supply of power. There is also a common problem with describing power problems in a standard way.

This white paper will describe the most common types of power disturbances, what can cause them, what they can do to your critical equipment, and how to safeguard your equipment, using the IEEE standards for describing power quality problems.

Whitepaper: The Role of Isolation Transformers in Data Center UPS Systems

by APC, A Schneider Electric CompanyJul 01, 2011

Most modern UPS systems do not include the internal transformers that were present in earlier designs. This evolution has increased efficiency while decreasing the weight, size, and raw materials consumption of UPS systems. In the new transformerless UPS designs, the transformers are optional and can be placed in the best location to achieve a required purpose. In older designs, transformers were typically installed in permanent positions where they provided no benefit, reduced system efficiency, or were not optimally located.

This paper considers the function of transformers in UPS systems, when and how transformers should be used, and how the absence of internal transformers in newer UPS designs frequently improves data center design and performance.

Whitepaper: Guidelines For Specification Of Data Center Power Density

by APC, A Schneider Electric CompanyJul 01, 2011

Conventional methods for specifying data center density are ambiguous and misleading. Describing data center density using Watts / ft2 or Watts / m2 is not sufficient to determine power or cooling compatibility with high density computing loads like blade servers. Historically there is no clear standard way of specifying data centers to achieve predictable behavior with high density loads. An appropriate specification for data center density should assure compatibility with anticipated high density loads, provide unambiguous instruction for design and installation of power and cooling equipment, prevent oversizing, and maximize electrical efficiency.

This paper describes the science and practical application of an improved method for the specification of power and cooling infrastructure for data centers.

Whitepaper: Ten Steps to Solving Cooling Problems Caused by High Density Server Deployment

by APC, A Schneider Electric CompanyJul 01, 2011

High-density servers offer a significant performance per watt benefit. However, depending on the deployment, they can present a significant cooling challenge. Vendors are now designing servers that can demand over 40 kW of cooling per rack. With most data centers designed to cool an average of no more than 2 kW per rack, innovative strategies must be used for proper cooling of high-density equipment.

This paper provides ten approaches for increasing cooling efficiency, cooling capacity, and power density in existing data centers.

Whitepaper: An Improved Architecture for High-Efficiency, High-Density Data Centers

by APC, A Schneider Electric CompanyJul 01, 2011

Data center power and cooling infrastructure worldwide wastes more than 60,000,000 megawatt-hours per year of electricity that does no useful work powering IT equipment. This represents an enormous financial burden on industry, and is a significant public policy environmental issue.

This paper describes the principles of a new, commercially available data center architecture that can be implemented today to dramatically improve the electrical efficiency of data centers.