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UPS for network across campus
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I wanted to informally survey what is being done on other campuses for power backup and conditioning for the network across the campus. We have tried to install small APC UPSes (the Back-UPS Pro models) in all network closets; we want to have 5 – 10 minutes of backup for the small power hiccups that seem all too common. However the time, cost, and organization required to keep up with aging and failing UPSes, bad batteries, etc sometimes seems to be more trouble than it’s worth. After a number of extended switch down incidents caused by failed UPSes or batteries, I’ve considered slowing replacing them with quality power strips (for surges/spikes, etc) and letting them reboot when the power goes out. The concern by others is this would be somehow hard on the switches and cause increased failures.
So I had a few questions about what others are doing:
· Do you use UPSes for all network gear across campus?
· Is IT responsible for the upkeep, or is facilities/physical plant responsible?
· What is your experience with keeping up with many UPSes?
· If you don’t use UPSes, what is your experience with this? Have you seen switch failures after power issues?
Thanks in advance for your input,
Network and Operations Manager