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March 2018

Signs To Determine If You Need A Data Center Consolidation

By | Uncategorized

3 Signs That Your Company Needs A Data Center Consolidation Or Decommissioning

Technology is always advancing and it’s difficult to know how and when to keep up with all of the changes. You know that responding to these changes is necessary. It may be one way your company can retain its competitive edge, but how can you determine when you need a data center consolidation or decommissioning? Here are three warning signs that may help your company make this crucial decision:


1. The Age Of Your Data Center

Think of hardware and software aging like dog years; just like man’s best friend, one year for us may be an entire lifetime for your hardware and software. If your data center is old, it’s probably struggling with a lack of space and it’s power capacity is waning. These problems are inevitably caused by an aging system.

Aging data centers can’t adapt quickly, nor do they respond well to new software or software updates. The result is a system that operates slowly, inefficiently and may lag or crash. This kind of downtime is not the image your company wants to portray. Not to mention that unhappy customers and employees are more costly than happy ones in the long run.

Sometimes, in these cases, you can free up data center space or power capacity thorough a data center consolidation. You can enact this consolidation through energy management or virtualization. Archiving unused servers with low CPU utilization can also help and save floor space. Asking a reputable data center consolidation company can point you in the right direction.

2. Lack Of Efficient Cooling Methods

Over time, data center hot spots are inevitable and sometimes the existing cooling distribution can’t handle the new, more concentrated heat. Also there is a stark reality if you have a traditional, uncontained, raised-floor center: you have cooling leakages. Realistically, 40% or more of the climate-controlled air you supply will be bypassed to compensate for those leakages. It varies how much this diminishes the effectiveness of your cooling system and data center, but needless to say, you’re still wasting money.

Data center consolidation that includes adding row containment, brush strips to raised floors and blanking panels to racks can increase the efficiency of your original cooling system. This is a temporary solution and may prolong your need to decommission your data center for a period of time.

3. Higher Maintenance Costs

An antiquated system that runs hotter, requires more artificial cooling and needs more software patches will inevitably cost more money. When the data center is running hot, the manufacturer no longer supports software and spare parts become more difficult to acquire, cooling, supporting software and acquiring replacement parts cost more time and money.

Higher Maintenance Costs Point To Decommissioning

Unfortunately, there are no temporary fixes that can prolong the need for decommissioning in this case. You can spend the money cooling, finding repair parts and pay for software maintenance, but the gap between your setup and what is cost effective and efficient continues to grow. It’s time for a data center decommission or an update and relocation.

Critical Power Can Help

Whether you need a full decommission or a data center consolidation, Critical Power Products and Services has you cover

ed. Contact us today. We can help you determine which option is the best for your company.

Why Natural Gas Generators Deserve A Second Look

By | Generators, Natural Gas

If you browse our inventory regularly, you’ve no doubt noticed that we stock both diesel generators and natural gas generators. Although diesel generators used to be the go-to for reliable backup generator power, natural gas is giving diesel some strong competition as natural gas prices have dropped and the gas has become more widely available through pipelines, tanks, and cylinders. 

Natural gas and diesel generators work the same way and can provide similar amounts of power. The only difference is in the type of fuel they use. Here’s a look at why natural gas generators are increasingly popular.

4 Reasons To Consider Natural Gas Generators

  1. Fuel Cost. As long as natural gas prices remain lower when compared to diesel, long-term operating costs related to fuel will be lower.
  2. Clean-burning. Natural gas is one of the cleanest burning of fossil fuels, emitting less sulfur and particulates than other fuel types. That means that pungent odor you associate with generators doesn’t exist with a natural gas unit.
  3. Quieter. In general, natural gas gensets run quieter than diesel gensets. This can be very important in populated areas.
  4. Availability. Natural gas is readily available in many locations. Generators can be hooked right up to the facility’s incoming natural gas pipeline. There’s no need to install a separate storage tank onsite, as you’d need with a diesel generator. 

Natural Gas Generators Are A Smart Choice For Urban Locations

If you need a generator in an urban setting that has access to a natural gas pipeline, a natural gas generator makes more sense than a diesel unit. They are quieter, the fuel comes to you, and they’re more efficient. The downside is that your generator’s fuel is subject to fuel line availability. If there were a serious disaster and the natural gas line was disrupted, your generator would not be operational.

Diesel generators are better suited to rural applications and locations that are off the grid, are not supplied by a natural gas pipeline, or in cases where backup power is an absolute need and you can’t risk supply line disruption.

Shop used and surplus natural gas and diesel generators at Critical Power Products & Services. Browse inventory online or call us at 877-708-3348 to get started!





Forget the Formulas, Use Our Online Power Calculator

By | Power Calculator

If you can’t keep track of all power conversion formulas needed to size a generator, we’ve got good news – you don’t have to! Our online Power Calculator is all you need to determine your power needs.

Use the Power Calculator to:

  • Determine your power requirement in kW
  • Convert kW to kVA
  • Convert kVA to kW
  • Convert kW to HP
  • Calculate Amperes when you know the kVA
  • Determine the genset size required to start a 3-phase electric motor Direct on Line (DOL)

Use The Power Calculator With Care

There’s no doubt that the Power Calculator is a handy tool and it works great for straightforward calculations and power conversions. If you have a more complex situation on your hands, we always recommend seeking help from a certified electrician. There may be other factors to consider in your power estimation needs.

Critical Power Products & Services Is Here To Help

Critical Power Products & Services wants to make sure you get the right generator for your specific needs. Our Power Calculator is a great start to your research process but for more customized support, get in contact with us. It’s possible that there are other factors that will impact the size and type of generator you need. Those factors might include site conditions, fuel access and availability, altitude, or motor efficiencies.

If anything about buying a generator is giving you pause, just give us a call or send an email with your specific questions. We are here to help!

CPP&S can assist you with all aspects of buying or disposing of a generator. We stock new surplus generators as well as used generators that have been inspected and tested by our team of technicians. It is our goal to be your one source for critical equipment needs, which means that just as you can purchase a reliable generator from us, you can sell it back to us when you don’t need it anymore! If we can’t purchase the genset, we can help you have it removed from your site and disposed of properly, safely, and in accordance with all applicable state and local disposal laws and requirements. 

Call 877-969-2186 or email for all your backup power needs!