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18 Feb 2022

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Data center operators expect their UPSs to communicate with the grid

According to a report by research group Omdia, within four years data center operators will deploy uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) that are able to communicate with the electric grid and support energy management initiatives.

The researchers surveyed data center operators, engineering, architecture, and consulting firms, as well as utility companies across North America, the Nordics, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, and Australia.

More reliable

Omdia says data centers should utilize a part of their backup power systems to make the electric grid more reliable. As UPSs have evolved, they have become more efficient, smaller in footprint, and have improved battery energy storage systems. UPSs that are smart grid-ready incorporate technologies that enable the equipment to sense and interact with the electric grid. This will allow data centers to be smarter about energy consumption, contributing to the pursuit of a more sustainable data center.


“The data center industry is the backbone of the digital economy and has enabled significant efficiencies in how we conduct business, communicate with one another, and develop innovative technologies. From this perspective the data centers are already a force for good which is making the world more sustainable. With emergence and proliferation of smart grid ready UPS technology data centers are enabling an even more sustainable world,” said Vlad Galabov, Research Director at Omdia’s Cloud and Data Center Research Practice.

The nearly 380 respondents said that contributing to sustainability initiatives was the top reason for adopting smart grid-ready UPSs. Technology innovation pioneer, reputation, and competitive advantage came in second and third. The majority of respondents are confident that smart grid-ready UPS will not compromise their mission-critical workloads.

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