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Do you really need a UPS?

So, Eamon (our director) asked me to put together a client mailer on Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) and my response was to ask if there is much of a requirement for a UPS today? I was thinking that, with more and more businesses moving from on-prem servers to the cloud, is there any real need for a UPS? Eamon agreed that there was less of a requirement in terms of supporting on-prem servers but added, “what about, switches, hubs, point of sale and other network and communication devices and let’s not forget that many companies still require or prefer on-prem servers”. Fair point, I conceded, and so decided to talk to our tech team so that I could understand some of the benefits of UPS. Here’s what I found out.

Emergency Power Supply – Unless you have a backup generator, when the power goes down your systems go down. With a UPS you have an alternative source of power to keep vital systems running until such time as the power is restored and should power not be restored for several hours, you can at least ensure that vital systems are safely shutdown without damage or loss to data from a sudden power loss. 

Provides Surge Protection: In the event of a power surge, the UPS identifies the bad power supply and stops it from directly powering your device. It then immediately provides an alternative form of stable power to prevent damage to data or devices common with power surges.

Data Protection: Not something we immediately think of when referring to a UPS but as mentioned in the previous two points, a sudden power loss or surge can damage your devices and compromise or corrupt the valuable data they contain. A UPS prevents this from happening.

Consistency – When there’s a UPS connected to a system, it can ensure a continuous power supply. For normal operations, UPS can supply power for about 6-8 hours. In a situation where there are long term power disruptions, UPS gives you the breathing room to safely shut down your system before the batteries are depleted. 

Even in the most staple regions electricity outages do occur, be it from weather events or a local electrical fault and when the power goes anything not powered by a battery is going to immediately stop working. UPS is not the solution to long term power supply, but it does bridge the gap between mains failure and an emergency standby generator. 

And now for the sales bit

Smart-UPS™ are trusted by millions of IT professionals throughout the world to protect equipment and critical data from costly interruptions by supplying reliable, network-grade power reliably and efficiently. Available in a variety of forms factors and classes (entry-level, standard and extended run), there is a model for nearly every application and budget. Standard models are the most popular UPS in the world for business servers, storage and network devices and have long been considered the benchmark for reliability and manageability. 

Entry-level Smart-UPS models are an economical choice for small and medium businesses looking to protect small networking devices, point-of-sale (POS) equipment and entry-level servers. The extended run models accept external battery packs for long runtime to power critical servers, security and communication systems through outages that could last hours.

If you require a UPS or would like to replace an existing older UPS with reduced battery life, then please drop us a mail at hello@it.ie and we’ll be happy to assist you. 

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