Story image

Lithium-Ion batteries critical to reducing power management costs

03 Apr 18

The world’s enterprises demand more from their edge computing assets such as their IoT systems and business-critical applications. The issue of reliable and effective power management is essential to managing large and often demanding distributed computing environments.

But that is all being put at risk because organisations don’t often have dedicated staff with proper expertise to make sure that power protection equipment is maintained to its full potential.

This could lead to unplanned downtime that affects business performance, and replacement costs resulting from equipment that hasn’t been maintained properly.

In the case of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), maintenance is particularly important. So how do you make UPS easy to maintain?

Schneider Electric believes part of the answer lies in lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery technology. This technology provides longer lifespans, more compact batteries, better performance, and lower maintenance.

You may be used to valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries, which need to be replaced more often, weigh around three times as much as Li-Ion batteries - and they charge four times slower than Li-Ion.

End users demand better performance with a smaller footprint, while organisations are looking for something that lowers the total cost of ownership and easier maintenance.

To determine whether you need to switch to Li-Ion technology, Schneider Electric poses these four questions:

  • Are you tired of battery replacement needs?
  • Have you encountered unexpected battery failures?
  • Are you ready to lower your total cost of ownership?
  • Have you noticed significant runtime degradation over time or due to high temperatures?

If the answer is yes to any of those questions, Li-Ion technology may work for you.

Schneider Electric recognises these benefits, which is why it expanded Li-Ion technology into its portfolio for 2018.

The company is bringing Li-Ion to its single-phase Smart-UPS portfolio with APC’s new range of Li-Ion Battery UPS, called Smart-UPS On-Line.

In addition to connecting with Schneider Electric’s cloud-enabled EcoStruxure IT platform, Smart-UPS On-Line offers a range of maintenance and benefits that can cut costs and make power more reliable:

  • Longer lifespan: Li-Ion batteries can have a service life upwards of 10 years
  • Smaller size and weight: Due to higher energy densities, Li-Ion batteries have a much smaller footprint and weigh about 30% less than sealed lead acid batteries.
  • Lower maintenance and total cost of ownership: With double the battery life, the amount of maintenance and associated costs required over the life of the UPS is reduced by as much as 53%.
  • Safety: APC’s proven record of safety and best-in-class design and adherence to safety regulations (UL 1973, UL1642/IEC62133) provides added peace of mind.
  • Better performance at higher temperatures: Li-Ion batteries can operate at higher average temperatures (e.g. 40°C) without degradation to UPS performance of runtime.
  • Extended runtime: Smart‑UPS On‑Line can be configured with multiple Li-Ion battery packs to meet aggressive runtime demands based on IT and business needs.
  • Remote management capabilities: Available with a pre-installed Network Management Card (NMC) option, this solution can enhance visibility of edge environments with monitoring and control capabilities.

Cut down your battery maintenance and increase performance for your edge computing needs. 

Click here to learn more about APC by Schneider Electric’s solutions on the edge.

Australian businesses get serious about SD-WAN
"SD-WAN is doing to enterprise networks what virtualisation did to enterprise data centres almost a decade ago, but it's happening much faster."
How to keep network infrastructure secure and available
Two OVH executives have weighed in on how network infrastructure and the challenges in that space will be evolving in the coming year.
White box losing out to brands in 100 GE switching market
H3C, Cisco and Huawei have all gained share in the growing competition in the data centre switching market.
Gartner names newcomer Exabeam a leader in SIEM
The vendor landscape for SIEM is evolving, with recent entrants bringing technologies optimised for analytics use cases.
52mil users affected by Google+’s second data breach
Google+ APIs will be shut down within the next 90 days, and the consumer platform will be disabled in April 2019 instead of August 2019 as originally planned.
How Fujitsu aims to tackle digitalisation and the data that comes with it
Fujitsu CELSIUS workstations aim to be the ideal platform for accelerating innovation and data-rich design.
Genesys PureCloud generates triple-digit revenue growth year on year
In Australia and New Zealand, the company boosted PureCloud revenue by nearly 100%.
Symantec releases neural network-integrated USB scanning station
Symantec Industrial Control System Protection Neural helps defend against USB-borne cyber attacks on operational technology.