The rise and evolution of IT in business has been a game changer when it comes to productivity. However, for organisations to maintain this productivity, they need to be backed by a reliable power supply. But power supplies can be prone to all manner of failures. And this can put a serious stranglehold on your productivity. Accordingly, it’s important that you have a contingency plan in place. And one of the best ways to achieve this is with a UPS system.
The Basics of UPS
An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is, as the name suggests, a power source which doesn’t suffer interruptions to its supply. So, for example, if your power supply failed due to issues with the main power grid, you would lose all electricity. However, rather than find your productivity grind to a sudden halt, you can use a UPS to keep your business online.
Typically using energy stored in batteries and supercapacitors, a UPS device can be small or large. A small UPS device may only provide backup power for a few minutes, but this should be enough to safely power down a computer or counter any brief power disruptions. Larger devices can deliver several hours’ worth of power and can keep businesses running safely until power supply issues are rectified.
UPS in a Server Room
The foundations of any successful IT infrastructure will stem from a server room. It’s here that an organisation’s networking devices and storage servers will be housed. And they rely on power supplies being correctly maintained. If a server room loses power for just a few minutes then not only can significant amounts of data be lost, but a business can lose their communication facilities. This is the last thing any business needs and underlines the importance of a UPS in a server room.
Every server room is different and, as such, requires different UPS solutions. If, for example, you have a server room full of racks packed full of server equipment, then you will need to install large UPS devices. These will be able to cope with the demand in the case of a power drop. On the other hand, a smaller server room with a few racks will only require small, rack mounted UPS devices. Either way, a well-designed UPS solution will ensure your server room remains functional.
Installing a UPS System
A UPS system can be the difference between your organisation working to a high level and failing to compete. Therefore, it’s critical that you install a UPS system. But it must be the right one for your needs. Make sure you consider the following when installing a UPS system:
Budget: Depending on the UPS system you go for, the costs behind it can be limitless. Accordingly, you need to evaluate your needs carefully to understand what represents a realistic solution. Start by creating an inventory of all the equipment you own which will need to be served by a UPS. Use this information to determine the technology you require.
Work with a Professional: To get the very best UPS setup in place, it pays to work with a professional. Power supplies are complex and potentially dangerous, so it’s essential that these are handled by those with experience in the field. Not only will they deliver a UPS solution which is tailored to your needs, but it will be safe and hassle free.