Power Redundancy without the Expense of Replacing Single Power Inlet Network Devices

In today’s technology driven world, computer networks essentially serve as the nervous system of large businesses and organizations. Users depend on the network to be available when they need it, and a widespread network crash can often bring an entire organization to its knees while users wait for valuable services and capabilities to be restored. With this in mind, the importance of a reliable power fallback or power redundancy solution is easy to understand; when network administrators eliminate network service interruptions caused by power outages, they have essentially eliminated one of the most common factors that can disrupt network communication and hamper the work flow of the business or organization that relies on a particular network.

Unfortunately, one of the most common elements that stands in the way of the implementation of an effective power redundancy or power fallback solution, is the presence of existing single-power-outlet devices in the network infrastructure. It can be expensive, time consuming and troublesome to replace existing single-power-inlet devices with dual inlet devices and then adapt network configuration for compatibility with those new dual-inlet devices.

Fortunately, there’s a simple, cost-effective way around this dilemma; rather than replacing existing single-power-inlet devices, administrators can install a transfer switch in order to provide power fallback and power redundancy to single-inlet devices without the need to replace them with new dual-inlet devices. A transfer switch provides a reliable, economical means to provide single inlet devices with the same power fallback and redundancy capabilities as can be found in a new dual-inlet device, without the cost of replacement, or the hassle of adapting other network devices for compatibility with new dual-inlet devices.

Installation and operation of a transfer switch is incredibly simple; first, the transfer switch is connected to your primary power supply and secondary power supply, and then your single-power-inlet devices are connected to the transfer switch. As far as installation is concerned, that’s about it; there’s no need make configuration changes to adapt your network to new, dual-inlet devices and no need to remove and replace existing single-power-inlet devices.

After installation, the transfer switch performs the exact same function that could be expected from a dual-power-inlet device. In the event that the primary power source fails or becomes unstable, the transfer switch can rapidly switch over to the secondary power supply, provided uninterrupted network access and switch-over times as brief as eight to twelve microseconds. Later, if the transfer switch detects that the primary power supply has stabilized again, the transfer switch can also automatically switch back to primary power, allowing conservation of resources that might be consumed when the secondary power source is dependent on batteries or generators.

An intelligently deployed transfer switch allows network administrators to minimize network downtime and provide single-power-inlet devices with the same power redundancy and power fallback capabilities that could be expected from expensive new dual-power-inlet devices … without the cost or hassle of replacing existing single-inlet devices. Don’t let those single-inlet devices hold you back from implementing a power redundancy solution. If a network equipment rack filled with single-power-inlet network elements is the only thing standing between you and an effective power fallback and redundancy solution, you owe it to yourself to check out the inexpensive-yet-effective power fallback and redundancy capabilities that can be provided by a transfer switch.

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