STORM SEASON, POWER SURGES AND UPS PROTECTION

Monday, October 26, 2015
In Australia, particularly during summer months, excess strain is placed on our electrical infrastructure.  Adding to this is the unpredictable weather patterns associated with summer storms which can cause electrical surges and power outages for extended periods of time.
The best form of PC protection is at all times to be plugged into a quality UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply). This is a surge protector and voltage regulator with a back up battery that provides emergency power to a load when the input power source, typically mains power, fails.
A UPS is typically used to protect hardware such as computers, servers, telecommunication equipment or other electrical equipment where an unexpected power disruption could cause serious business disruption or data loss. UPS units range in size from units designed to protect a single computer to large units powering entire data centres or buildings.

Even with a UPS, we have found equipment to be affected. This can be due to massive spikes or phase drops as well as the surge coming from phone lines rather than electricity lines. We also strongly recommend you have insurance to protect your business for interruption as well (Liaise with your broker or insurance company for this) as even with recovery of systems, the loss of income could be claimed.

UPS’s come with software which monitors the power usage and demand on a computer or server, if the power is off for any period of time, this software will log the users off, and close the programs, then shut down the server safely.
Size matters, having the correct UPS installed will ensure that the power requirements for the business are met and the key hardware protected.

It is also worth checking your UPS from time to time, to make sure that it is doing what it is supposed to. The batteries in UPS’s are supplied with a variety of published life spans, the fact is that some batteries demonstrate a useful life of as little as three to five years. Regular battery maintenance and pro-active battery replacement are the best solutions for reducing the risk of system down time.

If you’re not sure what your needs are, please request that we check next time we are onsite or book in a health check.

If you've suffered a computer failure after a storm or have any other questions please contact us at Tresami Computer Engineering on 1300 318 444 and we’ll do our best to get you back on line.