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June 12, 2014

For Ultimate Power Protection, the Generator is not Enough

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

The unexpected power outage – no one welcomes the idea. It not only makes just about everything we do inconvenient, it can also cause major problems when it affects the network and the data center. For a number of organizations, the continuity plan includes a backup generator. While this is a good idea in general terms, it doesn’t solve the problem of protecting your data and the work you’ve painstakingly done.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the current situation. According to a recent Napsnet article citing Harris Interactive (News - Alert), power outages in the last two years have had a significant impact. One in every four homeowners has been impacted with a power outage that lasted 12 hours or more. These outages led to property damage of more than $1,900. To avoid this happening in your environment, you need power protection.

If all you need to power is your refrigerator, television and a few lights, a backup generator provides the power protection you need. It will kick in where your main source has failed and keep you operating at a comfortable level until the power comes back on. If you’re in an office environment or you run your business out of your home, the generator only gets you halfway there. You need an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to ensure you never lose data and your systems can maintain full operation. 

To that end, your business continuity plan needs to include the UPS for power protection, as well as an action plan for the people involved. Staff should know what to do in the case of a power outage. Does your plan include business as usual, or will your staff members work from home until power is restored? After all, the UPS will focus on your main systems, but you may have to choose between the light on your desk and the system processing all of your current data.

In many cases, that UPS is tied to a generator, providing that power protection you need. The difference is the UPS will have the battery power needed to ensure you never go offline if your system is switching to the backup source. That means your data is never lost and is in fact immediately saved in the event you have a power incident. This is a primary focus for power protection solution provider Minuteman. If they can’t protect your data, what’s the point in keeping the power on?

Make your data the primary focus when building out your business continuity plan that includes power protection. Investigate the UPS options available to you and put them in place before an incident can occur. It’s the only way to ensure the next power outage doesn’t leave you sitting in the dark.

Edited by Rory J. Thompson
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