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Camogirl 08-12-2009 05:33 AM

I've decided to start working on a very small data center. I'm to the point of finding equipment to get started with. In reference to generators, where should I start in trying to decide what I need to go with? Are there any guidelines you can offer me?

KenB 08-12-2009 05:24 PM

Several factors to consider. This article is a quick overview: The Data Center Journal - Where IT, Facilities and Design Meet - Proper Sizing of Your Generator for your Data Center.


Schumie 08-13-2009 09:11 AM

Key thing with sizing your generators is looking at power factors, phase loadings, ensuring cables are the right rating and that your AMF/ATS panel is up to scratch. Remember, a generator *ISN'T* a replacement for a UPS - you still need to provide power when your generators are firing up.

dcrelocation 08-13-2009 09:57 PM

I think the key is designing fir what you need and can budget for - You need to design your whole power - gen set to match and be the most efficient. You need to know several factors - What specific square footage you will want, raised floor or not, What kind of power requirements you have will allow you to help design power and cooling option to help price them out.

Camogirl 09-11-2009 10:21 PM


Originally Posted by KenB (Post 28882)

Thank you for the link! That really helped tremendously. I can't believe all of the things I hadn't taken into consideration in choosing. Thank goodness I have people to ask. I have no clue!

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