“The Eaton trailer has allowed us to keep the IT load supported during the project and prevented our clients from experiencing any downtime or loss of production.”
Martin Bosch of Air Power Consultants and partner Marc Basche of Global Power Supply custom-built the mobile UPS trailer from the ground up with data center upgrades in mind. The self-contained UPS-system- on-wheels was specially constructed to support critical infrastructure facilities during upgrades or disaster recovery efforts.
The 52-foot-long mobile trailer integrates a complete lineup of state-of-the-art equipment, including a 1200 kW Eaton Power Xpert 9395 High Performance UPS; Eaton PredictPulse Insight predictive analytics and monitoring service; Eaton automatic transfer switches and switchgear; battery cabinets from LiiON; and Marvair HVAC. The trailer also has a hurricane-rated roof, R32 insulated factor, and all wiring neatly and efficiently organized within a sub floor.
The solution is also the first of its kind to offer lithium-powered batteries. “Not only does lithium-ion increase reliability, but it dramatically lower weight of the batteries make the trailer highly transportable,” says Bosch. The mobile station’s six battery cabinets weigh in at just 7,200 pounds—more than five times less than the 40,000-pound lead-acid alternative.
Another differentiator in the new trailers is the addition of the 9395 High Performance UPS, which provides double-conversion efficiency of up to 97 percent and boasts redundant modules built into the system. “Competitive UPSs don’t offer inherent redundancy,” Bosch points out. Furthermore, the Eaton 9395 is certified to perform with the LiiON-brand lithium-ion battery cabinets, which Bosch says is a huge advantage. “Everything works together seamlessly,” he emphasizes.
That includes PredictPulse Insight next-level monitoring and management service. Shifting power monitoring from a reactive to a proactive model, PredictPulse Insight collects and analyzes data from connected power infrastructure devices, providing Eaton with the insight needed to make recommendations and take any necessary action on behalf of the customer. The first cloud-based analytics service for data center infrastructure that can actually foresee the failure of power components, PredictPulse Insight provides real-time status information, time savings and peace of mind that the entire power infrastructure has a second set of eyes on it.
With the service running via a wireless modem on the trailer during the upgrade project, Acxiom is relying on it as a backup alarm system in conjunction with its own internal system. “It’s an added benefit to the customer knowing that we’ve got their backs,” Bosch says of the monitoring solution. “It just gives them that much more reliability having the trailer equipped with a full communications package.” The wireless modem also allows PredictPulse Insight to run without ever connecting to the client’s secure network, which eliminates possible user security concerns
Eaton automatic transfer switches and switchgear round out the state-of-the-art solution, which has been attracting attention from data centers operators coast to coast. In fact, both trailers are already booked out well into next year.
The mobile backup station is meeting a vital need in today’s mission-critical data center market. “There are so many customers with legacy equipment who want to take advantage of newer technology such as higher efficiency UPSs with greater reliability, but they don’t have the luxury of shutting down operations for three months,” Bosch says.
And, as Acxiom continues to replace the UPSs in its Conway data center, Thompson credits the Eaton trailer for a completely smooth transition, noting that the company has experienced zero downtime, loss of production or broken Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for clients.
“It has worked excellently for us on all of our projects by allowing us to replace UPS systems without impacting our clients,” says Thompson.