How much would you pay for uninterruptible power?
Wait, let me rephrase that… how much are you paying now for uninterruptible power, and how much would you be willing to pay to have someone else manage that?
Data centers and uninterruptible power go together like peanut butter and jelly, and it would almost be heresy to propose building a data center without provision for UPS, generators, switchgear, and all the operational mess that goes along with providing electricity to computers on a continuous basis. Facebook’s Jay Park is known to have tried to build the Luleå, Sweden facility without generators since the Swedish grid had not failed once in 35 years, and feeds from no less than 3 independent generating stations were available on the site. Yet even bleeding edge Facebook could not bring itself to build a data center without generation and ride through capability.
So, each data center builds its own infrastructure for uninterruptible power, purchasing all the accoutrements needed to be their own power station for the short periods in the data center’s life when the venerable grid fails to fulfill its duty of supplying quality, continuous power to the energy hungry IT equipment inside the facility.
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