What is a UPS?
A UPS or Uninterruptible Power Supply is a device that provides power in the event that mains power fails. Typically used to protect computer and telecommunications equipment, a UPS can be used with any electronic equipment you need to function in the event of a power outage helping you to avoid potential injuries, business disruption, or data loss.
Many Uninterruptible Power Supplies can also protect against other common power problems, such as power spikes or a reduction in the input voltage. In addition, they come in a range of sizes and are relatively inexpensive and easy to set up.
Do I really need a UPS?
The questions we always ask when this question pops up is how long you can afford to be down in the event of a power outage? If the power is suddenly removed from a server or computer, you are at real risk of data loss and irreparable damage. Can you wait for new equipment to be ordered, installed and the data restored from backups? What happens to customers that try to contact you during the outage if you can’t send or receive email or your phones are unavailable, and what message does that send out to your customers?
A UPS is, in our opinion, essential from a business continuity perspective. Connect up your server, networking and telephone equipment, and while the office may be in darkness, the phones will continue to ring, and the business will continue to function.