In today’s business climate where consumers can purchase online 24 hours a day and be remotely connected through smartphones and tablet devices, it is essential that your business and network systems remain running.
A loss of power to any company could lead to a loss of money, time and essential data, especially during peak working hours. An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is essentially a powerful standalone battery that provides emergency power to your computer system if the main power falls. It is vital to ensure that everything in your company is backed-up and protected; without such a system companies risk losing valuable data and business intelligence.
Risks from power outages
Despite advances in computer technology, power outages continue to be a major cause of PC and server downtime across all business sectors. You don’t have to search extensively to see that, despite technological advances, data corruption due to power loss is still a widely recognised problem and challenge in the IT industry.
Benefits of a secure power supply
There are many reasons for the occurrence of extended power outages, ranging from a local transformer failure due to lightning, or a regional power grid going offline. However, a UPS system can protect the system from damaging power problems by allowing users to continue working without interruption during a short power outage.
During an extended power outage, if the system is equipped with UPS shutdown software, it can communicate with UPS and shutdown the system before the UPS battery is exhausted. This extra time during a shutdown made possible through UPS systems allows unsaved information and data to be preserved before the system shuts down.
Choosing a UPS for your small business
A variety of design approaches are used to implement UPS systems, each with distinct performance characteristics. The most common design approaches are:
- Line interactive
- Double conversion on-line
- Delta conversion on-line
The standby UPS is typically used for desktop computers, while the line interactive UPS is the most common design used for small business, web and departmental servers. However, selecting the appropriate UPS for your business will depend on your IT infrastructure and the attributes that make them more or less suitable for different applications. The table below provides the benefits, limitations, insights and suggested products for the most common UPS designs.
While decisions around choosing the appropriate UPS for your business are best to be discussed with a technical expert, APC by Schneider Electric provides a free selector tool to help you find the best fit for your business.