This is a question we get often, and when it comes to a battery backup, the answer every time is a resounding YES!
For all their advancement, modern computers are just as susceptible to electrical damage as they were back in the 1990s. The slightest static charge can damage the power supply, motherboard, and hard drive. If that happens, not only are we looking at hardware replacement costs, but also potential data loss. Put in these terms, electrical damage can be devastating to homeowners and small businesses.
We know the vital role data backups play in keeping our data safe; battery backups are just as important. Their importance cannot be overstated, and this is the perfect time of year to see if changes need to be made. Battery backups, in particular, should be revisited yearly to ensure their functionality meets your needs.
The power grid in the United States is susceptible to interruption all year round. There are severe storms in the Spring and Fall, while Summer sees air conditioners working overtime, and in the Winter, furnaces are kicking on everywhere. There is no time of year when power is not a concern, and as we mentioned, computers are especially susceptible to electrical damage. Surges. Lightning. Static. Brownouts. Blackouts. Any of them can turn a computer or server into an oversized paperweight.
With the power grid that we all rely on actively working against us, plugging our most power-sensitive devices into a wall outlet is just not a good option. We need to be ready for power fluctuations and outages.
First Line of Defense
A battery backup or UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) sits between a computer and the outlet. They are the first line of defense, protecting the computer from electrical damage. There are a few different types of UPS available that provide specific levels of protection and the length of backup, depending on individual needs.
These UPS devices work best for home PCs, security systems, and other basic equipment.
These UPS devices work best for network equipment, networked PCs, and the mid-level servers typically used in small businesses.
Designed for mission-critical equipment and high-end servers, these UPS devices offer the overall best protection but require a significant investment.
At CLARK, we will perform a FREE power assessment for our small businesses and residential customers, providing recommendations based on the type and number of computers. And we don’t stop there, and we’ll get you set up and schedule a yearly checkup. Give us a call for details at 301-456-6931.
What to Do in a Power Outage
There are some things you can do to mitigate damage in the case of a power outage. Here are things we are a few recommendations we always make to our clients.
- While all computers should have a battery backup, it is essential for servers and primary workstations.
- Know the difference between a blackout and a brownout – a brownout is a partial outage or temporary reduction in power.
- During a brownout, any computers not on battery backup should be powered off until power is restored.
- During a blackout, surges can cause damage – shut down all systems and unplug all systems to prevent damage.
- Contact your utility provider and IT support company to report the outage.
- Confirm with the utility provider that power has been restored before plugging everything back in and resuming operations.
- Inspect the equipment for damage, look closely at plugs or electrical inputs for blackened areas or exposed wiring.
- Most importantly, stay safe – if you’re not sure, call a professional.
I’ve always had a love of working with technology, being fortunate enough to have grown up with a grandfather who taught me how to fix things for myself and not be afraid to jump in and get my hands dirty. Over the last three decades, I’ve worked as a technician, trainer, technical writer, and manager in small business, enterprise organizations, and government. In addition, I’m an author, having published multiple works available online and in print. You can find my creative work at https://WritingDistracted.com