All Data Centers Need an Emergency Generator for Backup Power
As South African citizens and businesses, we are well aware the country’s power grid is unreliable at best. At worst, there are frequent, if not erratic, power outages that can cost businesses thousands of Rands for every second without electricity. Several unfortunate factors affecting the country’s electricity shortage create significant challenges for business owners in South Africa, as they essentially have to plan operations around potential power outages and subsequent disruptions. Businesses should be built around success, not the possibility of failure. If you own a business, you know the value of a power generator to keep things running when the electricity goes out. With the current state of the electrical grid, this is a vital component in a business’s ability to stay operational and function even during blackouts. This is especially true for companies with in-house data centers.
Data centers need a consistent power supply, and disruptions can be disastrous. In the article below, we further explore why a generator is a necessary component in the planning and construction of data centers.
The Main Reasons Why a Generator is Essential for Data Centers
The primary function of a generator is to prevent loss of power. If an outage occurs, then the generator kicks in (usually instantly) to prevent any significant disruption in the supply of power to the equipment that relies on it. This seemingly basic functionality is what makes it such a valuable piece of equipment in data centers all over the world. The benefits listed below all stem from the value of having access to consistent power.
- Data loss prevention. A sudden and unexpected loss of power can cause catastrophic data loss or corruption. Since most companies that use data centers rely on a constant flow of information to turn a profit, anything that disrupts or halts that process will translate into a dip in profits. Protecting your data is paramount to protecting your bottom line. Since this kind of file corruption tends to occur during electrical outages, it is a strong motivator to get a generator, even if this is its sole purpose.
- Operational continuity. In accordance with the point made above, your data center will be all but useless if there is no power to run it. Having backup generators will thus help ensure that you can continue operating as normal. It is important, however, to account for extended outages. When you consider different models, make sure you select one that can both accommodate your power needs and function in the absence of a working main grid for an extended period.
- Security. Data centers usually require extensive security, such as CCTV cameras and magnetic access gates. When the electricity goes out, your business may become more vulnerable to crime due to vulnerabilities in security. By extension, this also creates a security issue in terms of the information stored and processed, as an informed criminal would be able to easily access these systems.
- Maintenance. Constant blackouts can wreak havoc on electronics and cause severe, and expensive, damage. This tends to raise maintenance costs, as you will have to replace or repair broken or damaged systems more often. It is, therefore, more cost-efficient to have a backup supply of electricity that can reduce the strain on the electrical circuits in your business.
One Final Tip
Invest in a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) and surge protectors. This will reduce strain on your main systems and will help protect critical infrastructure. With an unpredictable electrical grid, it is better to be prepared for anything.