More than likely your business already has a UPS tucked away in the
formidable IT closet. If not, let this be a wake up call to the importance of an uninterruptible power supply, known from this point forward as a UPS. Th UPS is like the secret weapon for any IT consultant worth a grain of salt and your IT team (or one man show) should always ensure that one is deployed to protect vital computer equipment, data, servers and hard drives.
Keep in mind that a UPS is not a backup generator. The UPS provides protection from surges and power interruptions through a battery backup. The supplemental power offered by a UPS is typically a few minutes with the typical maximum backup power reaching the 15 minute mark. One distinct advantage to having a UPS that is connected to your server or backup hard drives is that it protects from power surges, lightning strikes and other spikes in the electric current. With more and more vital data being stored on external hard drives, NAS storage and backup servers the importance of the UPS cannot be over emphasized.
Implementing an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to your computer systems will at least be able to keep running for a short period of time when the power goes out or is interrupted. If you are working from or utilizing your server or computer hard drive when the UPS kicks in, you’ll have enough time to save current projects to prevent data loss. The battery backup from the UPS isn’t a complete fail-over (like backup generator power) but it’s an affordable piece of equipment that offers a tremendous return on investment.
For those that desire a more solid plan it is suggested that backup software also be installed on the servers and/or workstations that automatically backs up data when there is a power surge or power loss.