How to Make Sure Power Outages Don't Cost Your Business

February 20, 2018

By Erik Linask - Group Editorial Director

Power outages have the potential to create hazardous situations within their entire areas of impact.  Lack of lighting, heating/cooling, traffic signals are all potential sources for disastrous situations.   On top of it all, damaged equipment creates a costly expense to repair or replace equipment --- in addition to the impact of down time.

In Winfield. Michigan, local businesses were without power Thursday afternoon when a transformer on their grid blew, knocking out power.  Traffic lights in the area were also out and, while utility crews were on the scene 45 minutes later, they were working on a plan to have the damage repaired by nightfall, a process made more cumbersome and dangerous due to foggy conditions.

For businesses in outage areas, the damage is potentially twofold.  There is and immediate impact on operations, with network and communications resources unavailable for the duration of the outage.  There are, of course, ways around that, as a growing number of companies are migrating to cloud-based software deliver, storage, and communications, which increases operational effectiveness not only in outage conditions, but more generally enabling the flexibility of mobility and remote working.

However, unless a business has gone 100 percent cloud – and most do not, and have a number of critical resources attached to corporate networks and data centers, they must be mindful of the damage outages can do to network equipment and take mitigating steps.

The most logical option for businesses is a power protection plan, including UPS systems that provide enough backup power to safely and securely shut down systems and files.  More powerful systems can deliver enough power for some or all resources to remain operational throughout a shorter outage.

Importantly, however, UPS systems are also designed to regulate power, protecting equipment from damaging surges that can weaken circuitry and eventually cause systems to fail.  The right systems not only provide enough backup power for a business’ unique needs, but provides protection from damage caused by surges at the point of outage and also during hard start-ups when power is restored. 

Homeowners are typically cognizant of the risk of electrical surges that can damage home equipment.  No area is immune to outages, and no business is immune to lost revenue from damaged equipment.

Considering the value of technology to businesses – arguably much greater than a home TV or audio system – the fact that every business does not have a power protection system in place should raise a red flag.  

Edited by Erik Linask

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