Survey Results Indicate Need for Longer Power Protection

February 18, 2011

By Carrie Majewski (née Schmelkin) - Director of Content Marketing, Content Boost

It can be a company’s worst nightmare. A power outage hits the area causing the company’s security and data centers to crash, making the company vulnerable and at risk of falling behind on its work.

In an age where companies are often performing twice the amount of tasks with fewer resources, these types of power outages can be especially crippling. In addition to having their data systems compromised, companies sometimes have to dole out thousands of dollars to get their system back up and running if they do not have the right team or equipment in place.

Consequently, there is a higher demand than ever for the right form of power protection, often times a UPS device, which offers zthe longest battery runtime possible.

Whether it’s a small or medium-sized business, IT managers want longer battery runtimes for their UPS power protection products, according to a Frost and Sullivan survey.

Minuteman, a company that produces some of the industry's most reliable Power Technology products, has been at the forefront of this trend for years. As a pioneer in extended runtime applications for more than 25 years, Minuteman has been leading the charge for more reliable UPS devices, from the time it became the first company to offer battery packs with a UPS.

As survey results indicate, with regards to servers and storage devices, 72 percent want more than 30 minutes of run time with their back up power supplies and 30 percent want more than two hours. When it comes to telephone systems, 80 percent want at least 30 minutes and 37 percent want more than four hours; for security and emergency systems, 75 percent want more than one hour and 44 percent want more than four hours.

In steep economic times, getting a business up and running – particularly following a power outage – is essential in order for the company to carry on business and not incur any unforeseen expenses. The average power outage is about 20 minutes while the average extended power outage is nearly eight hours, according to Minuteman.

While companies are already worrying about the likelihood of a power outage, perhaps they should also be focused on a new threat emerging – the fact that utility companies are straining to meet growing power needs on outdated equipment. Power protection could become harder and harder as there may be more unexpected outages in the future, creating a dire need for UPS devices.

According to a recent CNN report, utilities in much of the United States still deliver power with the same equipment they used in the 1960s and 1970s. Accordingly, even though the load becomes too great on the power grid, providers often lack the means to avoid the overload.  

Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for TMCnet. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin