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How to Choose the Right Data Center Service Provider Suited to your Needs

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Nowadays, organizations across all industries are increasingly embracing digital transformation to ensure business continuity and thrive amid the ‘never normal.’ In the Philippines alone, experts believe that these transformations can unlock PhP5 trillion worth of economic value by 2030, says a recent AlphaBeta and Google report.

 

Consequently, enterprise spending on data centers continues to grow. These facilities are at the heart of a modern enterprise, providing storage, computing, and networking resources to support various applications that drive the business.

 

Emerging trends show that data center investments in the Philippines will rise to USD535 million by 2026, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.40 percent from 2021 to 2026. The Philippines is also second overall among Southeast Asian (SEA) countries in terms of development, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), with several organizations planning to put up their data center sites in the country starting this year.

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How to Choose the Right Data Center Service Provider Suited to your Needs

With the increasing number of organizations putting up their data centers in the country, Vertiv, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, says it is integral to ensure that they partner with the right service provider for their facilities to avoid downtime.

 

A recent survey conducted by Uptime Institute revealed that IT downtimes have become more expensive despite being less pervasive than in previous years. These incidents caused 60 percent of respondents to lose more than USD100,000 to downtime.

 

“If you happen to experience unplanned downtimes in your data center, then you know how important it is to service and maintain your critical digital infrastructure properly. These facilities include crucial parts, such as precision cooling systems and uninterruptable power supply (UPS) units that work together to ensure business continuity. Since downtime can cost thousands every single minute, investing in professional data service providers is integral,” said Jason Lim, country manager of Vertiv Philippines.

 

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‘More than just the costs’ 

Lim noted that when it comes to choosing a service provider for data centers, decision makers’ initial consideration is how much it will cost. However, while pricing is important, other factors are to weigh when deciding whom to trust while maintaining the critical facility. Some of these things to consider are as follows, as listed by Vertiv:

 

Quick to respond. Since downtimes can be costly, every single minute counts. So, it is vital to choose a provider who can respond quickly in case of an emergency. It also pays if the provider is in reasonable proximity to your facility and has guaranteed response 24/7 time within the area. Lastly, checking into priority scheduling policies to get a sense of how emergencies will be handled when you need a skilled set of hands on the scene fast is also important.

 

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Availability of essential parts. Having the right parts make a difference in the way equipment function. These parts must be immediately available, especially in emergencies where time is crucial. So, it pays to look for a provider that maintains a large inventory of parts, factoring in the Mean Time to Repair (MTTR), which must be as low as possible to ensure that the facility can get back up as soon as possible. Depending on the age of the IT infrastructure equipment, it also pays to check the availability of obsolete and/or OEM-discontinued parts.

How to Choose the Right Data Center Service Provider Suited to your Needs

Availability of firmware updates. Firmware updates should be performed during preventive maintenance visits to ensure the equipment is always up-to-date and properly maintained. While some third parties may offer their own firmware, the only way to optimize equipment performance is with proprietary upgrades from the OEM. These updates are also important, especially for newer, digitally designed, and controlled systems.

Training Protocols. Finding out whether there is a training or continuing education requirement for service technicians is essential to eliminate possible service-related human error. It also pays to ask and see a copy of current training credentials and certifications and check if the provider is specifically trained to service the brand of your equipment.

Safety Policy and Record. Aside from equipment-specific training, service providers must also have safety training to work around electric equipment. Check if the provider has a formal safety program in place. Find out if it conducts training and certification programs, has a good safety track record, and has earned a safety award or two from a reputable industry organization to know if it can be trusted to work around sensitive and critical equipment.

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Given the crucial nature of digital infrastructure and its role in keeping businesses operational, efficient, and profitable, the choice of a service provider is not to be taken lightly.

For its part, Vertiv aims to ensure that it ticks all these factors for its customers. It brings together cutting-edge solutions and service offerings, helping ensure continuous uptime of critical operations so businesses can perform at their peak and maximize their resources.

Whether in a data center, communications facility, government agency, or industrial plant, the company collaborates with its customers to ensure uninterrupted operations, optimal performance, and scalability of data centers, communication networks, and other critical IT facilities.

To learn more about how Vertiv supports the continuity of today’s vital business, visit Vertiv.com.

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Vertiv’s Liebert® itON-SOHO UPS: The Best Tech Gift to Buy for Yourself #Vertiv

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The good thing about living in the 21st century is that we have access to different technologies that will help us improve our lives. In the things we do, from ordering food to riding public transport, there will always be some high-tech tools and devices we can use to make these tasks easier and safer to do. 

That is why most of us want to treat ourselves with an exceptional device that can help us live a convenient and practical life. In this fast-paced tech world, we always want to get our hands on the latest tool in the market. 

However, it is time to drop those cliché items like wireless earbuds, Bluetooth speakers, and portable charges. It is better to give yourself something unique yet useful for your new goals.

Luckily, Vertiv is here to offer the Liebert® itON-SOHO UPS, the most efficient power protection for small and home offices that are perfect for students, business owners, professionals, and families. The Liebert® itON-SOHO UPS is an efficient uninterruptible power supply (UPS) solution specifically designed for small and home offices. Equipped with universal sockets, a mobile charger, and a compact design, the Liebert® PSA itON-SOHO line-interactive UPS protects vital equipment in every usage.

Here are the reasons why you should consider getting the Liebert® itON-SOHO UPS as a gift for yourself:

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Protects your sensitive electronic equipment 

From small to medium-sized businesses, even to appliances at home, the availability of critical IT infrastructure is essential. Without reliable power protection, you risk equipment breakdowns and interruptions.

This is precisely what the Liebert® itON-SOHO UPS can offer to you. It is a reliable line-interactive UPS with an automatic voltage regulator (AVR) that allows flexibility and reliability for any sensitive electronic equipment. Its built-in Boost and Buck lessens the risk of experiencing surges, spikes, dips, and failures in electricity.

Perfect for work-from-home professionals, students, business owners, and more 

In today’s time, where almost every tool is used with electricity, everyone can utilize the Liebert® itON-SOHO UPS. The UPS is made to benefit desktop PCs, professional workstations, small routers, bridges and hubs, point-of-sale terminals, and small office applications. 

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If you are a work-from-home professional or a student, the Liebert® itON-SOHO UPS ensures an uninterrupted power supply that provides AC overload protection. At the same time, it has universal sockets, which makes the device flexible. It also has a designated space for larger power plugs. Furthermore, you can use the Liebert® itON-SOHO UPS as your reliable charging port because it has a USB port charge (for 650VA &850VA models) that has fast and safe charging capabilities. It can power up electronic peripherals like routers, modems, wireless storage devices, and even smartphones. 

If you are a business owner, its fuse protection feature ensures your business continuously goes up and running. It is compact and lightweight, making it easier to carry from one establishment to another. It has overload protection and an alarm and surge protector against transient voltages to protect your devices against unpredictable power surges. These features are essential to safeguard all your devices every day.

The best gift you can offer to yourself is to provide protection on your devices and efficiency for your different endeavors. Thus, Vertiv will continue to provide solutions for everyone to promote responsible technological growth. 

To learn more about how Vertiv supports the continuity of today’s vital business, visit Vertiv.com.    

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Winning the 5G Race: Understanding the Challenges in Telecom Infrastructure #Vertiv

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In today’s digital world, the demand for good network services continuously grows. Connectivity is now considered a necessity as it gives people access to information and enables them to use services for education, work, and more. 

In the Philippines, more than half of the population is now using the internet, with 76.01 million users. This reality happens as cellular internet connection penetrates more areas. However, this growing demand means more challenges for telecom operators to address, particularly in increasing internet connection quality in the country. They need to hasten the rollout of better and more robust signal services and even focus on ensuring that they can enable and provide a 5G connection. 

5G refers to the fifth-generation mobile network, a new global wireless standard, enabling a new kind of network connecting virtually everyone, including machines, objects, and devices. This wireless technology is meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more consistent user experience to more users. 

While 5G is not new in other parts of the world, the rise of 5G in the Philippines is just starting. It was only launched last July 2019 and is only beginning to penetrate users in Metro Manila, which means most internet users in the Philippines still rely on 3G, 4G, or LTE. 

For Vertiv, quicker deployment is necessary to make 5G more accessible to other areas. Telcom operators should also recognize the shift affecting different industries and the challenges that must be addressed. 

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“To widen the reach of 5G connection in the country, telcos should invest further. But it can be challenging given the uncertain nature of the deployment, and operators have yet to see returns of investment (ROI) from 4G investments. That is why we, at Vertiv, are here to provide solutions and help telcos navigate and evaluate the preparations they need to make 5G reach greater heights,” said Anna Dionne Chua, Sales Manager, Vertiv Philippines

Here are the areas telcos need to address and consider when they want to expand the network infrastructure for 5G deployment:  

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Consider the existing sites for 5G deployment 

To cut costs and make things more efficient, telcos can consider using the existing 4G sites and slowly transition them into being 5G capable. The operators must ensure that these current 4G sites can handle the initial phases of 5G deployment. These can be addressed through retrofitting without establishing or investing in new site deployments immediately. 

Strengthen management and monitoring of access sites 

Because of the higher demand, operators are compelled to increase the access sites, which can be challenging to manage and monitor. They can use a remote monitoring system to maintain these sites while reducing operational costs. 

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Switch to UPS and invest in new cooling techniques  

Regarding operations, the demand for 5G is higher than for 4G sites. That is why operators need to invest in new technologies like minimizing AC-DC conversions, switching to uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to handle the spike in power density, upgrading lithium-ion batteries, and integrating new cooling techniques to cut energy costs. These tools are expected to help, especially on the rise of 5G and the growing scale of data centers. 

Make a wise decision on 5G investment  

Operators must be ready for any changes the 5G brings and wise in making any investment. They should consider essential infrastructure readiness, site access, and quality interconnection to make 5G deployment successful. 

Control high energy costs  

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Along with advancement are repercussions that operators need to acknowledge—one of which is the high energy costs. Telcos need to be more proactive in addressing the issue of the higher energy consumption of 5G. With this, they should consider adopting energy-saving and sustainable technologies to control these costs. 

The growing need for faster and more secure internet connection needs to be addressed by telcos. While it is time for them to be proactive in making measures, they should also be ready to create sustainable and efficient decisions that will benefit the industry and the stakeholders. Vertiv continues to provide solutions for businesses and organizations to promote responsible technological growth. 

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Winning the 5G Race: Understanding the Challenges in Telecom Infrastructure #Vertiv

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In today’s digital world, the demand for good network services continuously grows. Connectivity is now considered a necessity as it gives people access to information and enables them to use services for education, work, and more. 

In the Philippines, more than half of the population is now using the internet, with 76.01 million users. This reality happens as cellular internet connection penetrates more areas. However, this growing demand means more challenges for telecom operators to address, particularly in increasing internet connection quality in the country. They need to hasten the rollout of better and more robust signal services and even focus on ensuring that they can enable and provide a 5G connection. 

5G refers to the fifth-generation mobile network, a new global wireless standard, enabling a new kind of network connecting virtually everyone, including machines, objects, and devices. This wireless technology is meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra-low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more consistent user experience to more users. 

While 5G is not new in other parts of the world, the rise of 5G in the Philippines is just starting. It was only launched last July 2019 and is only beginning to penetrate users in Metro Manila, which means most internet users in the Philippines still rely on 3G, 4G, or LTE. 

For Vertiv, quicker deployment is necessary to make 5G more accessible to other areas. Telcom operators should also recognize the shift affecting different industries and the challenges that must be addressed. 

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“To widen the reach of 5G connection in the country, telcos should invest further. But it can be challenging given the uncertain nature of the deployment, and operators have yet to see returns of investment (ROI) from 4G investments. That is why we, at Vertiv, are here to provide solutions and help telcos navigate and evaluate the preparations they need to make 5G reach greater heights,” said Anna Dionne Chua, Sales Manager, Vertiv Philippines

Here are the areas telcos need to address and consider when they want to expand the network infrastructure for 5G deployment: 

Vertiv 5G Philippines

Consider the existing sites for 5G deployment 

To cut costs and make things more efficient, telcos can consider using the existing 4G sites and slowly transition them into being 5G capable. The operators must ensure that these current 4G sites can handle the initial phases of 5G deployment. These can be addressed through retrofitting without establishing or investing in new site deployments immediately. 

Strengthen management and monitoring of access sites  

Because of the higher demand, operators are compelled to increase the access sites, which can be challenging to manage and monitor. They can use a remote monitoring system to maintain these sites while reducing operational costs. 

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Switch to UPS and invest in new cooling techniques  

Regarding operations, the demand for 5G is higher than for 4G sites. That is why operators need to invest in new technologies like minimizing AC-DC conversions, switching to uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to handle the spike in power density, upgrading lithium-ion batteries, and integrating new cooling techniques to cut energy costs. These tools are expected to help, especially on the rise of 5G and the growing scale of data centers. 

Make a wise decision on 5G investment  

Operators must be ready for any changes the 5G brings and wise in making any investment. They should consider essential infrastructure readiness, site access, and quality interconnection to make 5G deployment successful. 

Control high energy costs  

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Along with advancement are repercussions that operators need to acknowledge—one of which is the high energy costs. Telcos need to be more proactive in addressing the issue of the higher energy consumption of 5G. With this, they should consider adopting energy-saving and sustainable technologies to control these costs. 

The growing need for faster and more secure internet connection needs to be addressed by telcos. While it is time for them to be proactive in making measures, they should also be ready to create sustainable and efficient decisions that will benefit the industry and the stakeholders. Vertiv continues to provide solutions for businesses and organizations to promote responsible technological growth. 

To learn more about how Vertiv supports the continuity of today’s vital business, visit Vertiv.com.    

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