6 Things to Consider for Data Center Asset Management
Data center asset management is becoming more important as data interruptions have become intertwined with revenue and reputation loss. The cost of lost power becomes increasingly evident as electrical crews scramble to return service in terms of cost per minute rather than hours or days. Operations and Maintenance crews are tasked to identify and mitigate threats early and manage outages efficiently to support the stability of business operations.
Data Centers are critical infrastructure, and as such the locations are chosen to ensure well designed power sources are available. Many often have contingency feeds to ensure stable operations in the event of faults or failures. Utility service providers have deep asset management expertise with large scale deployment of monitoring systems. However, in many cases, data centers have left monitoring of sub transmission voltage electrical equipment to manual maintenance inspections. These inspections include routine sampling, relay protection, and post fault analysis to gauge the health of power transformers and distribution switchgear. However, incorporating continuous asset management through online monitoring allows operations and maintenance management to reduce costs, make data driven decisions, and increase safety of personnel and property.