Lessons learned from Sandy: Power Surges, Outages and the Role of UPS

By Jeff Nolte

December 16, 2012


Hurricane Sandy was Mother Nature’s latest wake-up call to keep Uninterruptible Power Supplies in mind when disaster strikes.

An Uninterruptible Power Supply typically sits between an electric supply and your phone system, computers, or servers to regulate these sensitive components’ power requirements and prevent outages, brownouts, and surges from adversely affecting the performance of your business and its systems.

For small businesses, the UPS typically contains a battery that remains charged by commercial power. When electrical current falls out of an acceptable range, the UPS kicks in automatically to supply regulated current to your equipment so it can continue to operate normally.

This capability can save your staff from losing work in progress and preserve connections to servers that provide applications, databases, and transaction processing. UPS units are essential to keep IT equipment and phone systems running during power interruptions.

While commercially powered UPS units do the job for many small businesses, some companies may invest in heavy duty systems to maintain critical operations during prolonged power outages. Backup generators powered by diesel fuel or natural gas provide an independent power source.

With a backup power system, your business continues to keep customers happy during a commercial power outage, while your competitors are wasting time and money figuring out what to do next.

If you need help sorting through all the UPS units available out there, we can help select a system that’s right for your business. Call us today (800) 787-4848 or email jnolte@chesapeaketelephone.com.


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