Businesses Need to Prepare for Outages Caused by Even the Strangest Events

December 21, 2016

By Laura Stotler - Power Protection Contributing Editor

‘Tis the season to experience intermittent power outages – at least where I live. Being part of a quiet, rural community in an area of New England that sees its share of snow and ice in the winter means frequent power outages, lasting anywhere from minutes to several days. As a matter of fact, because we have lots of trees that are vulnerable to severe weather, odd animal behavior and other uncontrollable factors, we get our share of power outages year round.

Most of the families I know here have generators and other safeguards in place in the event of an outage. For businesses, though, protecting against a power outage is trickier and could be a competitive differentiator during an unforeseen outage. Not only do businesses risk lost revenues during a power failure, but they can also easily lose contact with customers, fail to meet important deadlines, and take immeasurable hits to their reputations for being “offline.”

Any business, no matter how small or large, and no matter where it is physically located, is subject to the damages incurred from a power outage. To safeguard against losses, businesses need to ensure they have a predictable solution in place to protect their assets and operations. An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is the best way for businesses to protect their computers, servers, voice systems and peripheral equipment in the event of an outage.

UPS systems and solutions ensure critical systems remain up and operating in the event of any sort of outage, at any time and for any reason. They are an important building block for any disaster recovery and business continuity plan, ensuring critical data is protected and businesses stay running and in touch with their customers, partners and affiliates. Most importantly, a UPS system covers any type of outage, ensuring businesses are protected no matter what type of natural disaster or other event is happening in the outside world.

Life is unusual and power outages can happen at the most unexpected times, and for the most offbeat reasons. That was certainly the case in South Seattle last week, when a bird dropped a fish on power lines, causing an approximately two-hour outage for 172 customers. Hopefully the affected businesses had UPS solutions in place and if not, perhaps the incident will prompt them to re-think their power protection strategies. After all, you never know when a fish may fall out of the sky.

Edited by Alicia Young

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