Esolutions feels safe from threat

Esolutions is feeling confident about backup electricity supplies in its Auckland data centre as the country gets nervous about possible power cuts.

Esolutions is feeling confident about backup electricity supplies in its Auckland data centre as the country gets nervous about possible power cuts.

Its Nelson Street facility is purpose-built to deal with such emergencies with an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), generator and battery backup system, says spokesman Alan Crofts.

“The facility includes all fire-fighting and detection technology, computer floor, fire proofing and strengthened walls and ceiling,” Crofts says. "It has four 300 Kva UPSs, configured with three units delivering power to the site, and the fourth unit acting as a reserve back-up unit,” Crofts says.

Each UPS at centre, which hosts applications for a range of customers, is supported by a battery string sized to support the full output of its dedicated UPS.

IT market analyst IDC says a survey of 15 internet data centres around the country drew responses from 10, all of which say they can cope with any blackouts.

The survey was carried out last week as fears grew over the prospects of springtime power cuts. IDC consulting manager Michael Cranna advises companies to quiz their providers "to demonstrate that they have their own robust generation systems, not just batteries that will give them time to shut you down."

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