Computer centre to test power back-ups Thursday

An early-morning test of the emergency power system in the University Computer Centre should have no effect on users, says the project manager.

Bodek Frak, senior consultant in Information Technology Services, says the test is the culmination of a four-year project to make the building’s power distribution system immune to unexpected interruptions in the electricity supply.

“We have installed Uninterruptible Power Supply units and switched all of our servers and networking equipment to them, and connected the UPSes to new emergency power generators,” says Frak. “Having this new system in place significantly reduces the likelihood of service outage during unplanned power outages.”

He says the test will begin at 6 a.m. Thursday, November 13, and should last about an hour. He hopes that users will not even notice.

“We do not expect any service interruptions as long as everything works the way it was designed,” Frak says.