The provision of uninterrupted power is critical to equipment functionality in many IT and data environments, which means remote UPS management is often necessary.
What is a UPS (uninterruptible power supply)?
A UPS is a back-up power supply that will ensure the continuous flow of power in the event of a sudden loss of power from the primary power source. The UPS device will ensure that all necessary data is saved, allowing for sufficient time to shut down the system effectively. This is made possible by the battery and inverter within the UPS which is able to sense a power loss, power dip or power surge, protecting vital equipment at all times.
Why do you need remote UPS management?
Because UPS systems are implemented to protected highly critical equipment and stored data, the loss of power at any stage would be hugely detrimental. Often this data is stored in remote servers without manual oversight, and remote UPS management is needed to ensure optimum functionality at all times.
- Remote UPS management centres
There is an increasing use of edge micro data centres which are located away from an enterprise’s hub, and often they are also unmanned. For these centres to work, a remote UPS monitoring system has to be implemented to improve the data centre’s reliability.
UPS factors to monitor
The design of the UPS remote management systems will be determined by the variables that need monitoring. This will ensure a quick response to attend to any potential or actual fault. These include:
- Battery temperature
- Resistance values
- Environmental variables
- Points of power use
- Processing load variations
Remote UPS management software
There are a number of remote UPS management software options available today that will allow for the secure monitoring of UPS operations via a web browser, command-line interface or Simple Network Management Protocol.
Software features include:
- Integration of UPS management software to shutdown equipment remotely in the event of a power loss
- Configure and manage the individual UPS
- Remotely communicate with multiple UPS devices across a network
- Automatic event alerts
- Remote control of the power distribution unit and UPS for smarter energy consumption and equipment protection
- Programming of outlets so as to prioritise and increase battery back-up run times for most critical equipment during an outage
- Delay-start non-critical outlets so the internal batteries re-charge more quickly
- Remotely re-boot devices on the network
- Schedule controlled shut-downs and configure sequential start-ups
One-way communications’ security
It’s important to note that remote access and control of any UPS device should not be too generally available, as this leaves the system open to damage through carelessness or malicious intent. A one-way communications’ system will ensure better security, and the UPS system must be closely monitored with a simple phone call or email alert to an authorised engineer in the event of a fault. Once the fault is noted, engineers must arrive on-site, with necessary training, documentation and equipment to attend to the problem.
- Call-out facility option
Many UPS vendors will offer such a call-out option alongside all their UPS back-up power solutions, with extensive geographical coverage to attend to any problem at any time.
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