Surge Protection in IT Environments


Understanding the basics in protecting power systems


It’s no secret that power-related issues can hurt business operations, but all too often proper power protection is overlooked or misunderstood, causing a variety of issues including costly downtime, customer dissatisfaction and data loss. According to the International Data Corporation, power disturbances account for about one-third of all server failures. In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor reports that 93 percent of companies that suffer a significant data loss are out of business within five years.

Many businesses protect their equipment with UPS (uninterruptible power supply) products. Using a UPS can save time, data, and money in the event of an interruption of power such as power loss or power sag. By providing power in the event of grid losses, UPS systems enable sensitive electronics to properly power down or be carried over until alternate power sources come online.

Is a UPS all you need to properly protect your IT (information technology) equipment from power issues? Absolutely not. Experts recommend that if you want full protection of your critical IT equipment, you’ll need something more than a UPS.

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