Increasingly in the IT world, business-critical applications and IoT systems are being moved closer to the edge of the network to reduce latency, enhance connectivity and improve performance. As a result, the criticality of these distributed IT environments has become paramount to everyday business operations.
While effective power management is essential, these sites often lack dedicated IT staff with the proper expertise to tackle the task at hand. This means regular maintenance of power protection equipment, such as an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), can be overlooked, potentially leading to unplanned downtime that can affect business performance and lead to costly replacement due to poorly maintained equipment.
This is where lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery technology offers a host of benefits that make it an attractive and affordable option for a growing set of businesses reliant on distributed IT infrastructure. End users need better performance in a smaller footprint with easier maintenance, all while lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) over the life of their device. And for this reason, Schneider Electric is expanding its APC Smart-UPS portfolio with a Li-Ion battery option for its single-phase offer.
For years, Schneider Electric has featured Li-Ion across its portfolio of power protection solutions. Now, it is expanding its use of the technology for its single-phase Smart-UPS portfolio with APC’s new line of Li-Ion Battery UPS. The company tell us that with Li-Ion embedded technology, Smart-UPS On-Line offers several maintenance and cost-saving benefits including: longer service life span of up to 10 years; smaller size and weight due to higher energy densities; and lower maintenance and total cost of ownership. With double the battery life, it is claimed, the amount of maintenance and associated costs required over the life of the UPS is reduced by up to 53%.