Although power outages are thankfully less common in Australia these days, a momentary loss of power can still cause irretrievable data loss and damage to hardware if precautions are not taken. With this in mind, we’ve put together a short guide, covering the advantages and disadvantages of UPS systems, to help you choose the best power backup solution for your company. As a leading UPS supplier with years of experience, we are very familiar with the up's and down's associated with uninterruptible power supplies in Australia.
The benefits of UPS systems for business-critical IT applications
A good quality UPS system offers a number of benefits to businesses in Australia and across the globe:
Separate power source for emergencies— The primary advantage of a UPS system and the reason why many commercial organisations install them is that they provide a power source independent from the local grid. In emergencies, when the local supply is interrupted, all critical IT equipment can be switched over to your UPS system. Any good system should meet this basic requirement.
Instant power — This is also one of the most important benefits of uninterruptible power supply systems and without it, they would be far less useful to companies running mission-critical IT equipment. A well-designed system that utilises quality components will be able to switch to backup power instantly, preventing any interruption to your IT services and ensuring that no data is lost in the event of a power cut.
Quiet operation — This is a big plus for commercial organisations running large IT systems in an office environment. A battery-powered UPS will provide power without any of the noise associated with diesel generators. While generators may be a suitable alternative for large data centres in remote locations, a UPS system is invariably the best choice for corporate offices and data centres in urban locations.
Clean, reliable power source — The conditioned power supplied by quality UPS units is clean and reliable, making it suitable for IT installations and other delicate electronic equipment. However, it’s important to source your UPS components from a reputable vendor if you want to ensure that your system provides safe, clean, reliable power in the event of a local outage.
Disadvantages of UPS systems
Most of the disadvantages encountered by commercial organisations are due to incorrect specification or substandard equipment. However, we should point out one potential disadvantage that applies to all systems: battery-powered UPS systems may not be suitable for running some heavy, power-hungry equipment for long periods of time. A UPS used with Generator power may be required.
If you have any more questions about the benefits of UPS systems, check our FAQs and feel free to contact us for more information. We serve companies in many different industries across Australia and you can read about our recent projects to get a better idea of exactly what we do.
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