Most people have heard phrases such as ‘emergency power solutions,’ ‘reliable power for the business’ and ‘critical equipment.’ All of these phrases relate to emergency power equipment which includes uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and generators. These devices help organisations to protect themselves from potential power loss and disturbances that could lead to devastating effects, such as data loss and missed potential sales.

In essence, a UPS provides a clean power supply to support critical equipment such as servers, or instant battery backup power for a short period of time when a regular power sources fail, or when voltage drops to an unsupportable level. The UPS offers enough time for the mains power source to be restored, which is typically less than 20 minutes. Longer run times can be achieved with a generator to support critical load when a longer mains failure occurs. Together with UPS, generators provide power for hours or even days, depending on the generator’s size.

The field of emergency power equipment can be quite confusing, especially for someone who hasn’t dealt with these apparatuses. Before you buy a UPS with or without a generator you need to know how much electrical current is required by your equipment, what input and output power connections you need, and whether you should choose a line-interactive or on-line UPS. These are just a few examples of the type of questions you need to answer before purchasing critical power equipment.

Our managed services mean that we take control of your project from the beginning to the end. We will conduct a site survey for you to determine your requirements, and after that, we will supply and install the equipment. All of this is undertaken with monthly payment scheme for three-years, after which we will swap the old equipment for a brand-new replacement should you wish to continue the leasing option. This leasing method ensures that for a small monthly payment you will be protected from potential power disturbances or failures, while also taking advantage of the improvements made to hardware since you last upgraded your machines.

It may seem that the job is done when a UPS or generator is acquired – and that they will protect from all possible power threats – but this is far from the reality. When buying and implementing a UPS or generator, maintaining and managing the equipment is equally as important. There are many elements that may affect how effectively and efficiently the equipment will operate, including some consumable items such as batteries, which need to be changed regularly. If regular maintenance is ignored it could lead to equipment not working, precisely when you need it to.

The good news is that, if you take advantage of our managed UPS service, we will regularly inspect the equipment, maintain the batteries, and parts and labour will be provided within the managed services agreement.

Choosing, buying and maintaining a UPS can be stressful if you’re unsure of what you need a UPS to do. We believe it’s essential to be able to cater to your precise requirements, both in terms of hardware and maintenance packages. Get in touch today to find out how we can help with your next migration or upgrade!

by Stuart Buckley

Sales Director

An IT specialist for over 20 years, with a wealth of technical and commercial knowledge, experience and skill in managed services, cloud and hosted solutions.