Protecting Your Business with Uninterruptible Power Supplies
Published on 19 Feb 2021
Yes, we technology people have many acronyms we like to use — but there are some that are worth knowing about!
In this article, you are going to learn all about UPS.
And before you start thinking it’s going something to do with your next Amazon delivery, it’s not.
The Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is common to many data centres and is often used with servers that need to be online 24/7. But the benefits of having a UPS can quite easily be overlooked by small and medium-size businesses on a budget.
There are two main advantages to using a UPS in your business which we’ll outline below.
UPS devices are most common in local server environments. You may already have a server in your office that controls things like local file storage on the network or directory logins.
Uninterruptible power supplies are a great way to protect the uptime of the server. Something like a brownout where the electricity supply turns off for just a few short seconds can wreak havoc on most server hardware.
That’s why it is important to have a UPS in place to protect business-critical hardware and services.
If you don’t have a UPS device protecting servers you may be waiting several days for your servers to come back online. In a worst case scenario the server may be storing the entire team’s financial data or payroll.
What happens if you can’t get the server back promptly? This is where a UPS comes in handy. It almost acts like an insurance policy on your hardware.
Complete power failure.
Servers and most modern computer systems must be shut down “gracefully”. This means going into the start menu and telling the system to power down.
There are several reasons why a graceful shutdown must occur. The most crucial is when you are running standard disk drives inside something like a server.
If the power fails and you don’t have a UPS, then critical business data that is currently online and in use may become corrupted.
The majority of UPS devices allow for a graceful shutdown in the event of a power failure.
They protect against power spikes, but also again power outages. When there is no power the battery will take over and send a command to the server or PC telling the system to shut down and save all work before doing so.