UPS uninterruptible power supply continues to expand its use in enterprises to protect delicate and uninterruptible equipment components. As the users of UPS power supply continue to grow, new and old UPS also operate in the factory office, so the maintenance and management of these UPS has become a research topic. Due to the popularity of the network, UPS power supply and network connection are not as difficult as before, enabling IT managers and IT staff to directly and centrally manage all UPSs. This article will explore how to manage all UPSs through the system and the advantages of centrally managing UPSs.
In order to protect equipment operation without power, companies have invested in UPS solutions to ensure uninterrupted business operations. However, simply installing a UPS is not the ultimate solution, and managers need to know how to manage and control these systems to ensure they function properly. The advantage of a centralized UPS power management system is that it can immediately understand the status of the UPS, including the capacity and location of the UPS, the load, whether the battery needs to be charged, and the operating status of the UPS. If all the information can be completely collected through one program and displayed in a simple-to-operate graphical interface, plus a warning function, then the administrator can easily manage hundreds or even thousands of network UPSs through this centralized management program. Compared with the previous one-by-one inspection of UPS status, the centralized management efficiency has been greatly improved.
1. UPS and computer in series:
A multi-port card can be installed on the computer to expand the RS232 interface, or multiple UPSs can be connected to the RS485 and then connected to the RS232 interface of the computer. RS485 is suitable for connecting long-distance UPSs, but as the number of UPSs connected in series increases, the time efficiency of the system monitoring UPSs will change: the more UPSs are connected, the longer the system needs to monitor UPSs.
2. Collect UPS information through the network:
We can collect UPS information through the network by inserting an SNMP card or installing UPS software, so the centralized management software must have both monitoring software and SNMP card connection capabilities. Once more and more points are monitored, network traffic becomes a major problem in the management system. In order to avoid network traffic congestion, the management software should be able to adjust the monitoring time to reduce the transmission of network packets at any time. After all, making the internal operations of a business run smoothly is the number one priority.
Improve efficiency through UPS management software, managers can plan protection actions when power problems occur through centralized UPS management. After the power problem is over, management can track and identify the faulty UPS step by step, and analyze the cause of the power incident. Under the protection of the UPS, the manager will be informed at the first time for every power incident that occurs, and provide sufficient information to let him know how to deal with the equipment.
The administrator can also arrange the priority of the UPS according to the UPS power status, model, load, and battery capacity provided by the UPS management software. For example, when a power outage occurs and the battery capacity falls below 30%, the shutdown procedure is initiated. The manager can know which UPS has exceeded 80% load, so he can consider whether to replace a UPS with a larger capacity. The advantages of centralized UPS management software are not only to protect the equipment that cannot be powered off, but also to reduce waste of human resources and increase efficiency.