Schneider Electric launches Edge UPS calculator
Schneider Electric has launched a new TradeOff Tool, the Edge UPS Fleet Management Comparison Calculator for IT solutions providers, managed service providers, VARs and end users to model the cost implications of uninterruptible power supply (UPS).
The company said that the tool is also for monitoring and maintenance across distributed sites and make data driven decisions.
The Edge UPS Fleet Management Comparison Calculator helps users clarify the costs associated with monitoring and maintaining a UPS fleet.
The model considers the size (VA rating), quantity, age and distribution of the fleet, as well as cost factors such as the expense of service technicians travelling to remote sites.
The company said it also provides a financial analysis of the potential operational expenses (OpEx) incurred by using internal staff to service distributed sites.
“With greater dependency on digital infrastructure and IT at the edge, ensuring critical power across distributed sites has become a key challenge for today’s IT professionals,” said Marc Garner, VP, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric UK&I.
“UPS systems must be properly maintained, repaired or replaced when nearing end of life, and deploying sufficient technical staff to perform these tasks reliably and at minimum cost often requires the support of Schneider Electric or external service partners.
“This tool provides customers the capabilities to know when they should leverage additional resources, while optimising budgets to safeguard against outages.”
Schneider Electric TradeOff Tools are web-based applications that allow channel partners and end users to experiment with different scenarios, using data and science to estimate outcomes during data centre concept and design work.
It assigns a cost per hour, which will vary according to the size of the UPSs. The larger the UPS, the more expensive the outage, according to Schneider Electric.
The company also mentioned that the user can adjust the cost per hour variable if they have a record of the costs specific to their business.