Data centre operators are being advised to prepare for the significant increase in power consumption across London during the 2012 Olympic Games.

“It’s virtually impossible to predict the true impact the Olympics will have on power consumption with any degree of certainty so, with that in mind, it is imperative that those responsible for maintaining the most critical facilities have adequate safeguards in place,” commented Mike Elms, technical services manager for Uninterruptible Power Supplies Limited.

“The critical nature of most data centres means they are likely to have multiple power sources entering the facility, known as being ‘duel-corded’. As an owner or operator, you could be forgiven for believing that this would be all the protection you require, but it doesn’t take into account the possibility of a catastrophic event, such as an act of terrorism, or even human error, which accounts for around 75% of data centre down-time.

“In one of these situations, and assuming the facility has not been physically affected, the only thing that would stop your operation from grinding to a halt is an on-site power protection system, with the capacity to comfortably cope with the entire load – and that means a UPS facilitating the transition to a back-up generator.”