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A UPS, or uninterruptible power supply, is a battery backup power source for computers, servers and network equipment. When there is a power surge or an outage, a UPS will keep your equipment going long enough to save any documents and shut down the machine properly.
The average business in Trinidad and Tobago will experience an average of 4 power outages per month in addition to countless fluctuations in voltage. This can be potentially harmful and costly to business and users for a number of reasons:
Damage to Hardware Assets – Sudden power surges and outages can cause serious internal damage to computer assets. While a damaged power supply may be replaceable, a fried motherboard or hard drive can be costly if not irreparable.
Corruption of Network – While many home PCs or non-critical workstations can live without a UPS, a server cannot. Servers run 24-7 providing files and services to a number of other machines. A sudden shutdown can corrupt files on the server causing more widespread damage across the network.
Loss of Critical Data – If you’re working on an important document when the power goes, one of three things can happen:
#1 – Your document could be gone forever.
The auto-save feature in Windows often stops working when the computer is unexpectedly shut off. Unless you manually saved the document multiple times while working on it, it’s not likely to be there after a power outage.
#2 – The file is there, but it’s useless.
A power outage can corrupt any open files, even if you’ve saved them. The document opens back up on start-up, but its garbled characters make it look like a really long ransom note. To get it back, you have to re-create it all over again.
#3 – You get very lucky and get your file back as is.
With this in mind, it is highly recommended that businesses acquire suitable level UPS backup units to protect their servers and workstations. As an authorized re-seller of APC products, ROSE ITSL can provide the right protection for your IT assets at better than retail costs. Contact us today to find out more.