What is a UPS and do I need one?

Quite simply, a UPS stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply.  It is a device that has a couple of purposes

  1. Provides Surge Protection
  2. Keeps your computer running for a short period of time when main power fails

The device is basically a battery pack which keeps your computer running during short outages and allows you to properly shut down the computer during longer outages.   This is important as power surges and unexpected shut downs can cause Data corruption.

Do you need one? The answer to this is – most probably yes.

If you are a  business using a Server, then chances are you already have a UPS and for good reason too.  Your Server would hold  your essential business data like Accounting records, Client Database, documents and if you have a in-house Exchange Server, it could also be holding all your Email Data as well.  All of these are essential for running your business.

There are different types of UPS from a small UPS that is for individual PC right through to large UPS that takes multiple devices like your Server, switches, backups etc.  They come in all shapes and sizes.  Some look just like an oversized powerboard, some come in a tower version that can sit beside your PC or for businesses that have a Server rack, they also come in a rack mount option.  For larger businesses drawing a lot of power there is 3 phase options available.

The document link below is published by APC Schneider who are a leading manufacturer of UPS.  It will give you a more detailed overview of the different types of UPS and the ways in which they can be set up.

The Different Types of UPS Systems

So how much does a good UPS cost?

Well the answer to that is that it depends on what it is being used for.

To ensure that you get the right UPS for your Server, Network or PC your IT Team would first need to obtain details on the devices that would be plugged into the UPS.  Each Computer or device regardless of whether it is a Server or PC has differing Power Supplies installed which keep the device running.  Depending on the VA or the voltage of the devices that will be plugged into the UPS and the amount of run time you require the UPS to keep your computer running, would depend on what size UPS is used.

There are tools that can be used to calculate which UPS would be recommended and your IT professional would use these when making suggestions.

Basically, any Server, PC or device that has essential Data stored for the ongoing day to day running of your business should have a UPS installed.  A Power surge, although not usually frequent in this day and age, can occur at any time.  It is not feasible to have one connected to every PC in an office, but those that have the central data stored, should have a UPS attached to help protect it.

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