2014 Q3

August 2014
Volume 2 Issue 5  
 Disaster Prevention

Proactive vs. Reactive

     A data center disaster can happen with or without an adequate prevention plan. The best prevention plans are to proactively monitor and maintain common risks (such as UPS batteries).

Battery failures (like in the picture to the left) can happen in the blink of an eye and leave your data center exposed. This battery failure could have been avoided if the UPS was proactively maintained and/or monitored.

A Cellwatch battery monitoring system could have detected and alerted the facility manager of the failing battery weeks before the actual failure. Proper battery testing and PMs could have discovered and had it replaced before the UPS went to bypass. A Battery On-Site Spare (B.O.S.S.) cabinet could have had a replacement battery available on-site for immediate replacement of the failed battery, cutting mean time to repair.

NFPA 1 Chapter 52
Stationary Storage Battery Systems       

     NFPA 1 Chapter 52 is the fire code intended to advance fire and life safety relating to VRLA battery systems.  This fire code is not only intended to protect the public, but the first responders, as well.  It is also intended to prevent property damage of the building housing the UPS and surrounding properties.

This relates to every building a UPS is housed in. It states that any UPS with more than 100 gallons of electrolyte in a sprinklered building or 50 gallons in an unsprinklered building must be in accordance with Chapter 52 of NFPA 1.


Find out if you are at risk of not being NFPA 1 Chapter 52 compliant by filling out our short 6 question survey.
In-Row Air Conditioning

APC by Schneider Electric

      In-Row AC units from APC by Schneider Electric are scalable solutions for data centers that utilize variable speed fans to keep up with the growing demands of vitalized environments.  They are perfect for hot-aisle and cold-aisle containment systems and can integrate into any row.

In-Row ACs help ensure proper server inlet temperatures by eliminating air mixing and moving the source of cooling closer to the heat load.

     Visit our In-Row AC product page to view our new 3D interactive brochures!


For more information on any of the offerings above, please visit our redesigned website!  
 Johnston Technologies, Inc.


Johnston Technologies provides our customers with data center infrastructure that operates at peak efficiency and maximum security, with zero downtime.


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