As our cheerful holiday carols fade into the teeth of January’s icy howl, it’s a good time to question why we live in a place where the air makes our skin hurt. And to think about Spring Break destinations. It’s also the perfect time to focus on business preparedness and continuity planning. Whether it’s blizzard conditions or the spring thunderstorms that follow (eventually), a power outage can be disastrous for a business. Not only does it interrupt work, but it can also lead to data loss and equipment damage. That’s why an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) is so important for businesses of all types and sizes.
Protect your network equipment
A UPS is a device that acts as backup power in the event of a power outage. It offers protection to electronic devices, such as computers and servers, against power surges and other similar problems. Generally powered by batteries, a UPS acts like an emergency parachute that enables you to properly process the graceful shutdown of necessary equipment and protect all crucial data on your computers and/or servers.
With the help of UPS-supported technology, your network infrastructure can remain connected for 90 minutes or more, following a power outage. This typically provides valuable time to organize and react while waiting for power to be restored. It can also enable your team to remain productive, accomplish their tasks and attend to the immediate needs of your customers.
With a UPS system in place, you’re not dependent on cellular data, which can be an expensive and unreliable alternative. You can also save money by avoiding extra expenses incurred from overdependence on mobile networks.
UPS or generator: Which is better?
Generators are essential for some businesses, but they come at significant cost. When understanding the cost, it’s also important to factor in not only the cost of the generators themselves, but also the resources and expertise to to manage and maintain them. The total cost of ownership and operation can be substantial and may not be not feasible for many small- or medium-sized organizations. So while generators can be a helpful backup plan in the event of an extended power outage, a proper UPS system helps provide the temporary support necessary to react and to protect your business during an emergency.
It’s always better to be prepared
Even if your business is not located in a disaster-prone region (please tell us where this magical place is located), you should still consider having UPS systems for your computers, printers, network infrastructure, video security and other sensitive electronics. In addition to the benefits mentioned previously, many UPS systems have voltage regulators. These models not only provide battery backup, but they also keep voltage at an acceptable level, helping to protect your electronic assets and data during electrical surges and “brownout” situations. Modern UPS’s also typically include special features, like LCD panels, hot-swappable batteries and energy-saving operation.
There is no doubt that a power outage can cause significant disruptions to your business operations, but you can minimize disruption with a UPS. Having a UPS system in place will give you peace of mind knowing that it will keep your equipment operating when the unexpected occurs and help protect your business from data and revenue loss. If you’re not sure what type of UPS system is right for your business, contact a friendly member of Citon’s team and we’ll be happy to help you find a solution that meets your needs.
Acknowledgements include: Techadvisory.org and APC