Lithium-ion UPS Batteries Must Meet Stringent Safety Standards

Lithium-ion batteries have been used in uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) for several years now, providing benefits including a longer battery life, smaller size and weight, and lower total cost of ownership vs. traditional UPS lead acid batteries. But a nagging question persists: are Lithium-ion batteries safe?

In short, the answer is, yes, Lithium-ion batteries are safe, providing the underlying chemistry is sound and they have a proper enclosure. In this post, I hope to directly address this question by explaining some of the myriad features and solutions available on UPSs to ensure battery safety. [Read more…]

How an APC Battery Can Significantly Cut Your TCO

When you’re making a technology purchase decision, thinking about Return on Investment (ROI) can help you and others consider whether the solution is worthy of the budget. But that’s not the only time when ROI is useful. It is important to challenge yourself to look beyond just the initial spend and consider the ROI based on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) to help you make more accurate projections of costs and benefits the next time you make a purchase. Accurate TCO-based ROI calculations help you build trust among those controlling the purse strings and ultimately make your case for future technology funding stronger. [Read more…]

Edge Resilience Is Resilience for the Whole IT Environment

As edge computing deployments get underway, organizations need to make their edge computing sites resilient. As the saying goes, “you’re only as good as your weakest link,” so if edge computing locations are allowed to be the weakest link in a multi-location environment, the entire network surely will suffer.

You can’t have a truly resilient IT deployment without resilience at these edge computing sites. So organizations have to harden these sites with best-in-class technology as they do at centralized and regional data centers. Organizations need redundancy, security and management control designed to prevent downtime. [Read more…]