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When bad weather is in your neck of the woods, nothing and no one is immune. It can strike indiscriminately – impacting homes and offices, shops and factories, hospitals and schools in equal measure.
Torrential rain, violent thunderstorms, hurricane force winds, freak localised tornadoes and even excessive cold can cause untold damage to businesses and households alike.
Blame it on man-made intervention or natural long term shifts in our weather patterns, the fact is that Britain’s climate is subject to some pretty spectacular highs and lows. Not all in the same day or month necessarily, but guaranteed to strike randomly from time to time throughout any given year.
And when they do strike, adverse meteorological conditions can have a significant impact on power supply – either causing the mains electricity to shut down completely or resulting in sudden power surges.
For organisations that are heavily dependent on their IT systems – and in today’s world that covers a multitude of enterprises – it pays to be prepared, to put preventative measures in place to mitigate against storm and tempest. This is a major reason why uninterruptible power supply systems have entered the fray in ever increasing numbers.
If you are working in a mission critical environment, for instance, then it’s simply not good enough to wait for the storm to blow over, or the electricity company repairmen to fix cables that have blown down.
A nationwide phenomenon
Geographically, inclement weather can strike anywhere. Just because your business is located in the south east of England, as opposed to the exposed coasts of Scotland, it doesn’t mean to say that you’re in the clear.
The Great Storm of 1987 – weatherman Michael Fish’s defining moment – cut a devastating swathe across much of southern England, whereas further north the weather remained benign. So it always pays to be prepared for the worst, wherever you are situated in the British Isles.
Although it shouldn’t come as any great surprise to learn that there are more power cuts in British winters than at any other time of the year, they can and do happen unexpectedly.
Yet how many organisations see fit to protect their important IT servers and computer data rooms against the latest deepening low pressure system that’s barrelling in across the Atlantic? Perhaps they should. UPS acts as a protective shield in situations where extremes of weather might be playing havoc with the mains supply. Indeed, it’s no exaggeration to state that without effective UPS protection, a company’s entire IT infrastructure could be put out of action in the split second it takes for a flash of lightning to strike.
Sudden loss of power supply could have widespread ramifications on any size of business, lasting far longer than the original mains power cut itself. Losing all your current work and, worse still, all your hard drive content could be financially devastating.
How can weather affect power?
Firstly, power spikes or sudden excessive increases in voltage, are often attributed to crippled power lines or lightning strikes. These spikes may last milliseconds but that can be long enough to create data corruption and electrical component malfunction.
Also, power surges can result from short-term voltage increases, sufficiently disruptive to damage delicate electronic components, causing them to fail. Then there are blackouts, or powers cuts, which may last for days at a time, depending on the severity of the weather event.
So how do you protect your equipment? Well, it’s surprisingly easy with a UPS installation, a proven and extremely effective tool to keep power running, which can be tailored to any commercial or industrial application.
Varying in degrees of complexity, in essence, UPS systems comprise simple plug-in devices, like car batteries, which connect to important equipment, such as IT servers and computer infrastructure. Whenever mains electricity is inconsistent, or there is a fault with the incoming power, this is immediately recognised by the UPS, which kicks in to regulate or stabilise the power input, preventing any harm or loss of data.
If there is a total power loss, your UPS uses stored power to supply everything that’s plugged into it – keeping essential equipment switched on and operating normally. Although the amount of UPS “battery time” you have available will depend on the sophistication and scale of your UPS installation, if the power hasn’t come back on within a certain time, you at least have the luxury of knowing that you can shut down essential equipment in a controlled fashion. This will avoid any catastrophic data loss or physical damage to sensitive IT equipment.
The good news is that there are cost effective UPS systems to suit all sizes of business, from a multi-national conglomerate to a small home office.
So if your enterprise is currently exposed to the elements and there’s nothing standing in the way of Britain’s next winter storm from potentially wreaking havoc with your day-to-day business, then the protection afforded by UPS would be an investment certainly worth having on your radar.
The weather is going to do its thing regardless, but with an uninterruptible power supply as your safeguard, you can look at the next gloomy forecast with a lot less trepidation. Choose MPower as your ups supplier.
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