Data Center and Rack Power Requirements: the Hybrid Approach

Design flaws in relay-based automatic and static transfer switches can impact performance and reliability. Here's a hybrid approach that brings better reliability and economics.

Bill Kleyman

June 9, 2015

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Today’s modern data center is rapidly evolving into an architecture which requires better uptime and more efficient resource utilization. One of the biggest things we’ve seen most recently are the new requirements around rack and power agility. Data center administrators are continuously looking for ways to better control how power is flowing into their racks and how well that power is being managed.

A key factor to consider for power management is the type of power transfer switch being used. When you examine a modern rack, you’ll commonly see one of the following switches: relay-based Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS) or Static Transfer Switches (STS). However, both of these technologies come with inherent design flaws which can have a negative impact on both performance and reliability.

In this whitepaper, we explore how data centers can overcome the design challenges of ATS and STS with a new hybrid power transfer switch. Hybrid switches combine new kinds of systems to deliver better economics and faster transfer times of 4 to 8ms! Not only that, it also involves a new kind of rack power control mechanism which directly helps with eliminating electrical arcing that can lead to transfer failure.

Download this whitepaper today to learn more about this new hybrid technology, which is directly impacting your data center and rack ecosystem.

About the Author(s)

Bill Kleyman

Bill Kleyman has more than 15 years of experience in enterprise technology. He also enjoys writing, blogging, and educating colleagues about tech. His published and referenced work can be found on Data Center Knowledge, AFCOM, ITPro Today, InformationWeek, NetworkComputing, TechTarget, DarkReading, Forbes, CBS Interactive, Slashdot, and more.

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