Diesel Generator

Today we’re going to talk about Generators. I want to go over the basic points of a Generator, what it does, how it facilitates the needs of a data center and some of the components. RACK59’s generators are hosted inside. Their job is to power up in the event of a power outage.

If utility power goes away, the generator automatically fires. It takes about 7 seconds for the generator to start and get to full load capacity. At that time the UPSs are working to maintain the load. After 7 seconds the Switchgear will say hey I see the generator load is carrying what we need and the switchgear will move over to generator power. That will allow for the data center to continue to operate as long as we need as long as there is enough diesel.
This generator has a belly tank with about 1000 gallons. Connected to the belly tank there is a 12,000-gallon reserve. This allows us to run the data center for many days without needs for diesel. In the event of an extended outage, we can have more diesel brought in through diesel contracts.

A few other things you need to know and look for is what kind of monitoring is set up to the generator. One of the biggest things to monitor is the batteries. Make sure that the batteries are tested on a regular basis. You have a generator that is tested on regular basis and it runs and fires but the batteries are tested. So make sure they are tested so that they will fire the alternator that ultimately fires the generator.

So when looking at a data center and trying to make a selection say “Hey, show them to me, can I see your generators, how do they work?, Where does the utility feed come in and how does it get to the data center floor?”

If your infrastructure requires redundant power to keep your business up and running, consider colocating your gear to a secure data center. Drop RACK59 a message using the form below and schedule a tour and colocation consult today.

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