Backup system – Service continuity – Data security

Optimizing and securing the commissioning, operation and maintenance of data centers

When data centers are put into service, or commissioned (such as computer rooms, IT rooms, server centers or data centers), it is crucial to test electrical installations (main network and power generators) as well as air conditioning and server racks.

Data center equipment is very sensitive to power supply disruptions, which makes checking everything before commissioning crucial: data protection is at stake!

Load banks are used during commissioning to :

  • Test backup power generators
  • Test infrastructures before they are electrified
  • Test and control equipment within the IT room (inverters, UPS, air conditioning…) necessary to operation and maintenance.
  • validate and secure the connection and commissioning of equipment

This is called “comprehensive infrastructure testing”. The load bank will simulate the electrical consumption and heating up of computers, including in intensive use. This guarantees the optimal installation of equipment which is oftentimes costly and sensitive, with controlled PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness).

Load banks to test and certify IT racks

An IT rack is composed of several components: patch panels, switches, routers, servers, inverters, electrical bands, etc.

Load banks test the stability of electrical installations and allow checking the proper capacity of the backup power source, power generator and/or inverter While switching between both sources. Power and air conditioning requirements vary according to the type of bay and server. These tests are systematically carried out during the implementation of the data center, before servers are installed. Load banks enable the simulation of a server’s consumption, and the subsequent testing of:

  • the proper electrical power supply, including when switching between main power sources and backup UPS sources and power generators,
  • the evacuation of heat generated by air conditioning systems.

Discharge banks certify a battery’s autonomy. In order to control their capacity, monitoring systems are permanently installed, especially for large-capacity data centers.

LARA : a standard range of load bank to ensure power availability when it matters the most for your datacenter

Downtime consequences vary depending on the data center type and outage scale, often resulting in significant financial losses, often in the range of hundreds of thousands of euros per hour. Moreover, downtime disrupts essential user activities, harming service provider reputations and potentially leading to penalties for failing to meet service level agreements.

Given the critical role of power availability in maintaining service reliability, it’s crucial to verify the capabilities of power and cooling systems. Load banks offer a valuable method for testing and confirming the effectiveness of data center power and cooling systems, promoting smooth operation and reducing downtime risks.

Load banks find essential use in data centers across four key applications:

  • Commissioning
  • Maintenance and Regular Testing
  • Electrical Equipment Replacement
  • Checking & Validation

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Rackable AC/DC load banks

Rackable load banks are designed to integrate directly into IT server docks.

METAL DEPLOYE RESISTOR : choosing safety and performance !

In France and abroad, METAL DEPLOYE RESISTOR assists various key players (power generator manufacturers, installers,engineers, operators…) to secure their installations.

Delivery of our load bank on PAR9 as if you were there

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