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owen
May 09, 2014

How often should a data center load test its back-up generators?

I used to work at a company with a huge diesel backup generator. A major storm came through and we lost power for almost two days. Fortunately we had the backup generator….except that it wouldn’t stay running when we needed it. How often should a data center load test its backup generators to ensure reliability and make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to them?

jimlynch
05/13/2014
Landon's answer makes sense to me.
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landon
05/13/2014

Quarterly testing should generally be sufficient. It should be actual load testing though, and not just a quick start up, shut down, mark it done test. It takes money and time to perform load testing, and some places cut corners.

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