Many people have their computer and network devices connected to surge protectors, but this is only a partial solution to prevent the damage done by electrical problems. Surge protectors don’t protect against power outages. Without proper protection a simple three second power outage can cause lost data files or damaged equipment which results in interrupted productivity and revenue flow for your business.
The answer to the power outage problem is found in an acronym: “UPS”, or uninterruptible power supply. A UPS provides power to your electrical equipment via a battery when power outages occur. The UPS also protects against brownouts or electrical surges.
UPS units come in a variety of sizes and capacities to support systems ranging from a single computer, to a server, to a medium sized network, to large data centers. The larger the unit, the more backup power it provides. When power to the system is “interrupted” the UPS unit immediately switches to the backup battery to maintain continuous power to the connected devices. It can continue to run the system for a small amount of time until the situation is resolved or another form of power is implemented, such as an emergency generator. The cost of implementing UPS protection to your systems and network is inexpensive compared against the cost of repairing or replacing your systems and data.
According to EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) research across all business sectors in 2001, the U.S. economy is losing between $119 billion and $188 billion a year to outages and other power disturbances. Consider how much damage would be done to you if your electrical power was out for 5 sec., 30 sec., or 5 min. How many people (staff and customers) would be affected during this time if power to the network equipment or server was lost? Consider the time that equipment has to be restarted, data re-entered, etc. Now, consider that the typical cost of protecting your network equipment is around $100, your server around $400, and each individual workstation around $75. Chances are the financial damage caused by a simple power outage will be a lot more than cost of implementing a proper UPS solution.
Literati can evaluate your electrical protection status and make appropriate recommendations to protect your network, workstations, and data lines. We will make sure that you keep running when the electric isn’t. Call us today to determine if your network environment is properly protected and to find out how we can help you.