An Effective Power Redundancy Solution Doesn’t Have to be Expensive

Power redundancy is a vital element for any network application that demands 24/7 access and minimal downtime. But in spite of the importance of power redundancy, many network administrators are reluctant to implement a power redundancy solution, simply because of the cost of replacing existing single power inlet network elements with new, fallback-capable dual power inlet network elements. Given the tightening budgets and reduced spending seen throughout the corporate world, it’s easy to see why many network professionals feel forced to make a choice between system reliability and cost of implementation … but it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.

There’s no way around the fact that brand-new, dual power inlet network elements are expensive, but fortunately, there is a way around the concept that an effective power redundancy solution requires the replacement of existing single power inlet devices. Fortunately, you don’t have to toss existing single power inlet devices in order to put together a practical power redundancy or power fallback solution; instead of replacing still-functional single power inlet devices, an economical automatic transfer switch can be used to provide existing single power inlet devices with the same power redundancy capabilities that are available to dual power inlet devices.

Installation and operation of an automatic transfer switch is incredibly simple and easy. The automatic transfer switch is connected to both a primary power supply and a secondary, fallback power supply, and then your existing single power inlet devices are connected to the power outlets on the automatic transfer switch. In the event that your primary power supply fails or becomes unstable, the automatic transfer switch can then rapidly switch over to the secondary power supply, providing uninterrupted operation and ensuring that vital network elements are always available when needed.

A high quality automatic transfer switch can almost instantaneously sense problems with the primary power supply and then begin drawing power from the secondary power supply, often providing switchover times as brief as eight to twelve microseconds; rapid enough that the switchover is undetectable by both users and connected devices. In some cases, the automatic transfer switch can also switch back to the primary power supply if the automatic transfer switch determines that the primary power supply has stabilized or resumed operation.

If the high cost of new dual power inlet network elements is the only thing standing between your network and an effective power redundancy solution, an automatic transfer switch can often provide the ideal solution. An automatic transfer switch can provide effective, reliable power fallback and redundancy, without the budget-busting costs of replacing your existing single power inlet devices, or the hassle of reconfiguring your network for compatibility with new dual power inlet devices.

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