Irvine, Ca, March 11, 2014 – WTI (www.wti.com), a leading manufacturer of automatic transfer switches, remote power management, and out-of-band console servers has announced the release of a new family of rack-mount Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS,) designed to adapt single inlet network devices for N+1 power redundancy applications.
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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.
Over the last several years, as the internet has grown more omnipresent and become more of an integral part of every day life, the need to ensure that network services are always available when needed has also grown. As a result, network administrators are continually searching for ways to minimize downtime for important network devices, improve reliability and guarantee constant access to vital network functions.
The task of adding power redundancy and fallback capabilities to an existing network equipment site can be both expensive and frustrating; especially if you’re dealing with a rack full of single power inlet devices. In cases like this, you’re basically left with three choices: (1) Shell out the money to replace all of those single power inlet devices with brand new dual power inlet devices, (2) Forget about implementing your power fallback solution … even though you know that will leave your network open to downtime caused by power supply failures, or (3) Install an economical automatic transfer switch that allows you to keep using your single power inlet devices, while still providing an effective power redundancy and fallback solution.
Given the importance of network communication in the modern business world, there’s a growing trend in network administration to add power fallback/redundancy capabilities in more and more network applications. The benefits of power fallback and redundancy are obvious; network up-time is improved because even if your primary power supply fails, network equipment can still fallback to a secondary power supply without disrupting user access. But in spite of the obvious benefits of power fallback and redundancy, many network administrators decide to postpone the implementation of power fallback strategies simply because their equipment racks include existing single-power-inlet devices that would need to be replaced with dual input devices in order to provide effective power fallback.
Power fallback and power supply redundancy are quickly becoming a more commonplace element in large network applications. The reason for the increasing popularity of power fallback strategies is simple; in a network-based economy, it’s absolutely vital that network elements are always up and running when they’re needed. If your network already includes only dual power inlet devices, then implementing a power fallback strategy is simple. But if your network includes existing single inlet devices, then the cost of replacing those single inlet devices is sometimes enough to convince network engineers to postpone the implementation of power fallback and redundancy strategies until those older single inlet devices wear out and need to be replaced; a very risky gamble, especially in cases where web access is an indispensable aspect of business communication.
Given the increasing importance of internet access in a wide range of different mission critical applications, power supply redundancy solutions are quickly becoming an increasingly common element in remote network equipment racks. Power supply redundancy is a vital element in any network application that requires 24 hour accessibility, in that it allows network equipment to quickly switchover to a secondary power supply in the event that the primary power supply fails. In spite of the growing importance of power fallback and redundancy capabilities, there’s one simple factor that often stands in the way of implementing a power redundancy solution: the cost of replacing existing single power inlet network devices.
Adding power redundancy capabilities to an existing network application doesn’t necessarily need to cost a fortune. Although the expense of replacing existing single power inlet network devices with new dual inlet devices can often run into tens of thousands of dollars, there are also other alternatives for adding power fallback and redundancy to existing network installation without the need to replace single inlet devices. An automatic transfer switch provides a cost effective solution for adding power redundancy capabilities to single inlet devices without the need to replace those devices.
In data center operations, power fallback and power redundancy are frequently used to ensure that critical network services will always be available; even when your primary power source is not available. Although power fallback and redundancy solutions provide a valuable means to ensure continuous access to important network functions, the costs of replacing existing single power inlet network devices are often prohibitively high, especially in this era of shrinking budgets and cost cutting. In cases like this, an automatic transfer switch provides an ideal solution for applications that require power fallback capabilities, but lack the budget required to buy all new, dual power inlet devices.