Last month British Airways suffered an IT shutdown that affected 75,000 passengers. The official reason was an "uncontrolled return of power" following an outage. This lead to a damaged servers at British Airways' data centre.
Unfortunately, power surges happen and outages are inevitable, but the least you can do is prepare for them, and minimise downtime and data loss.
One of the best ways you can keep unexpected power outages from messing with your business’s productivity is by implementing what’s called an Uninterrupted Power Supply, or UPS. These generally feature a battery backup failsafe, which sends a signal to your devices so they have time to power down naturally before the power is immediately cut off from them. Any device, including your servers and workstations, should be equipped with this preventative measure.
The UPS is designed with the intention of protecting against power surges or loss of power. For one, these fluctuations in power can damage your device. This is especially the case with high-end hardware solutions, like server units or expensive desktops. If the device loses power completely, there’s the risk of even more damage--especially when the power returns. That’s not even mentioning the amount of time and energy wasted due to the loss of unsaved work. The UPS device is meant to keep these issues from becoming major problems.
Above all else, the Uninterrupted Power Supply is designed so that it can supply devices with (what else?) an uninterrupted power supply. The UPS keeps track of how much power flows into the device, which limits the effects of power fluctuations. Its secondary feature is to serve as a backup source of power in the event that it can no longer receive power from its original source.
Thanks to the energy reserve, the UPS allows your company to avoid sudden power losses. Instead of every single device in your building shutting down simultaneously, the UPS can keep critical parts of your IT infrastructure up and running long enough to save any progress, then shut down safely without damage.
A UPS device is implemented so that minimal damage is sustained and minimal data is lost due to power outages. This is important for your servers, as they will require more time to shut down properly than your other technology. Otherwise, the data stored within could be put at risk.
This type of sudden power loss can become a huge issue for any business, regardless of where your organisation is located or what industry you fall into. Therefore, you’ll need a way to keep the lights on even when darkness befalls your office. A UPS device is the best way to do so, allowing your technology to remain powered in the event that your office should suffer a power outage. Each of your technology solutions will have different needs, so it’s best to consult the technicians at InfoTech Solutions.
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