Software leader relies on EcoStruxure for power management
Oracle Corporation, the software giant based in Redwood Shores, California, is the world’s leading supplier of information management software, with products that operate in everything from personal digital assistants to global information networks.
Power interruptions can be costly for the company – up to $10 million a day in lost sales and productivity. Add to that its thousands of software developers and customers with mission-critical support requirements, and the need for reliable power 24/7 becomes a driving force.
With the local supplier, Oracle would share the utility feeder with residential and other loads and would expect to see several outages per year. Instead, Oracle opted to bring power distribution in house by setting up a substation, a 13 MW electrical distribution system, and a power management system, and tying to the utility’s 60 kV circuit from the nearby transmission line.
To reduce the risks of running its own electrical distribution, Oracle chose a power system from Schneider Electric, which includes EcoStruxure™ Power Monitoring Expert. The system is scalable, affordable, and expandable. Oracle uses it for:
- Monitoring harmonics and other disruptions
- Monitoring substation operation, switches and alarms
- Tracking energy use, peak demand and power factor
- Reading meters automatically
- Paging facility personnel during alarms
- Assessing equipment conditions
By implementing this project, Oracle has realized a high-performance, high-quality electrical distribution system with an estimated ROI of just three years. The system identifies areas of high energy usage for improving energy efficiency, and, most importantly, provides round-the-clock reliable power to support customers and developers.