Are Today’s UPSs Addressing the Needs of Customers with Edge Computing Sites?

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As businesses push forward with digitization strategies, they are calling on IT Solution Providers to deliver solutions that address their most pressing challenges at the edge. Edge computing deployments are growing into massive, distributed networks making it difficult for customers to run hundreds or thousands of sites distributed over wide areas.

Those sites include remote, hard-to-get-to locations, tucked-away places in office buildings and factory floors, and closets in branch offices. Typically, they are small spaces, and there is a push to get more and more IT equipment into these spaces, leaving room for little else.

For IT solution providers, this opens an opportunity to add value by delivering connected solutions and remote management services that give them visibility into the infrastructure without having to be on site. One area where providers can really make a difference is by delivering a fully managed, connected power infrastructure to build resilience in distributed environments.

To bolster this power infrastructure, the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) has to be reimagined, so it delivers additional power in a more compact package with cloud-based connectivity. This will allow providers to get creative by making the best use of available space and freeing up more valuable real estate. The good news? This UPS technology is here now.

A better UPS for edge computing

The latest UPS devices can deliver cloud-based connectivity, making it easy for solution providers to remotely monitor and manage the IT infrastructure at distributed sites.

These models simplify maintenance with lithium-ion batteries that can last three times longer than traditional valve regulated lead acid batteries. They’re available in compact, flexible form factors that reduce the unit size and weight. In addition to units that fit in racks and towers, some now can be mounted on a wall, ceiling, and even under a desk where space is tight. This level of flexibility comes in handy in environments such as retail or education, where IT closets often were set up as an afterthought.

Attributes such as increased longevity, space-saving, and lower-cost maintenance translate to value-add opportunities for providers. Smaller devices are easier to install in tight spaces and remote unstaffed places. Battery longevity and connectivity allow IT solution providers to save on maintenance costs by minimizing truck rolls and performing tasks remotely.

Growing Revenue Opportunities

As technology matures, it becomes less expensive, squeezing profit margins for solution providers. Providers are constantly fighting commoditization, so having access to connected products that deliver long-term service opportunities is always welcome. It also allows them to stay engaged with customers through the lifecycle of the unit.

An added bonus is the potential for sales of other products as part of a complete IT solution. Conditions monitored through UPS units can reveal other issues in IT infrastructure, such as the need to replace servers, storage, or network equipment.

Discover Innovative UPS Options

IT Solution Providers are in a great position to advise their customers on the benefits of the latest innovative technology, such as Schneider Electric’s new APC Smart-UPS Ultra 3kW single-phase UPS. This unit is the lightest, smallest single-phase 3kW UPS on the market that delivers intelligent monitoring and the flexibility needed for distributed environments and edge deployments.

Customers are looking for solutions that are practical, cost-effective, and reliable while also reducing pressure on IT staff as business requirements place greater demands on IT. For IT Solution Providers who are not familiar with the types of UPS options on the market, access the white paper, The Different Types of UPS Systems.

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