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Innovative Backup Power Solution for Data Centers

UPSs are not always the ideal solution for securing a data center. It is time for new solutions to bring new benefits.

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CE+T Power

CE+T Power

The number of datacenters is increasing dramatically around the world. Overall availability remains a major concern, as the cost of datacenter downtime has increased over time. Different solutions are proposed to resolve this issue.

Current solutions are mainly composed of a standard UPS. Even if those solutions have evolved, UPS solutions still have significant disadvantages. Non-modularity means it is impossible to invest gradually, bulky footprints occupy about 20% of valuable floor space, there is often substantial stranded power and oversized power infrastructure, maintenance is complex, and tests for generators and batteries are difficult. The innovative CE+T solution, called Power Fusion, inexpensively solves these problems.

CE+T Power

This game-changing approach consists of modular, distributed Power Fusion satellites located above IT server cabinets and interconnected with a DC bus to share the energy stored in batteries or produced by different sources, such as the electrical grid, generators or renewables, and also to manage peak consumptions and power outages. Each Power Fusion satellite contains a complete solution with power converters, batteries and monitoring and is capable of supplying 2.5 kW to 10.0 kW of power to local servers.

Founded in 1934, CE+T designs and manufactures power converters to secure critical applications. CE+T offers solutions for the telecom, datacenter, industry, power utility, transport and renewable energy markets.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

11 min read
A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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