One of the most vital devices in any server room is the UPS, yet it is also one of the most ignored. You may have new servers with redundant power supplies, high end switches to ensure high speed connectivity, a hardware firewall to ensure network security. But of all this counts for naught if you do not maintain your UPS. Most of us have the luxury of living in parts of the world where prolonged power outages are seldom occurrences. But what happens when the power fails and your entire network is offline within 3 minutes? A client emails in a new order, it is missed and the client turns to your competition instead. Someone calls to enquire about opening hours to make a purchase and the call is missed, again the client turns to the competition. Can your business afford to lose these customers? Have you noticed that after a couple of years your laptop seems to go flat much quicker than it did when it was new? It isn’t your imagination, its science. Devices today; laptops, phones, tablets and the like are powered by batteries based on lithium ion technology. It reasonably safe to transport, cheap to produce and offers a reasonably good capacity. The limiting factor is the number of recharges. A typical Li-Ion battery has a life cycle of about 400-600 charges – which equates to once a day for a year or two. This same principle applies to the batteries inside a UPS, and they are plugged into mains power constantly. These batteries are known as deep cycle batteries so their life tends to be longer than a laptop battery, but most manufacturers still recommend testing your UPS once a month and replacing the batteries every two years. Give Viridian IT a call today for a no obligation network health check to determine how ready your business is to weather a power failure.
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