Does Your Small Business Need Backup Power?

Your small business needs backup power and adequate protection of data, no matter what type of industry you’re in. About 140,000 hard drive failures occur in the United States every week, with 60 percent of businesses who lose their data shutting down within a six month period.

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Although a power failure doesn’t always mean you lose data, it can put your data at risk and make it unavailable during times when you need it most. Imagine your biggest client calls wanting information, and you can’t access it because the power is off. That client might just take their business elsewhere.

Backup power will help you in a number of ways.

  1. Protect Your Assets

When power goes out and comes back on, it creates surges that might damage your delicate equipment. An uninterrupted power supply (UPS) reduces the risk of losing data in the process of storage at the moment the power goes out. Your company's technology infrastructure should be reliable enough that you don't have to worry about losing vital information. This assurance is more important in some industries than others, but all businesses should protect their data.

  1. Keep Employees Safe

Another element you might not have considered is the safety of those in your building. Power often goes out during storms and natural disasters. Without backup power, it’s more difficult to stay updated on dangers such as flooding and incoming tornadoes. Not to mention the dangers of escaping from a dark building or finding your way to a tornado safe area, such as the basement.

  1. Reduce Your Downtime

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Downtime costs small businesses money in a number of ways. Even when there’s a local power outage, if you have an uninterrupted power supply (UPS), you'll be able to continue working and complete promised projects on time. If you plan any type of event, power outages put the entire event at risk. UPS systems prevent this scenario.

  1. Save Money

Although you’ll initially invest money in the UPS system itself, you’ll regain these costs after even a short blackout. You have to factor in the cost of lost productivity, potentially unhappy customers and lost data or IT infrastructure issues resulting from a power interruption.

  1. Lessen Impact Companywide

If you run more than one office, a power outage impacts more than just your location. Multiple locations tend to rely on one another to complete a specific set of work. If one office goes down, the other offices can’t move forward with their own projects. Installing UPS for all your locations becomes even more vital when you consider the companywide cost of a power outage that impacts everyone working on the project across the globe.

  1. Gain Protection From Theft

When your power goes down, your building becomes vulnerable. Security features may not function properly without power, especially if the outage is longer than the battery life of your security hub. While one hopes the worst never happens, looting is a real problem during natural disasters, riots and protests. Ensuring your power supply isn’t interrupted helps deter theft.

Backup Power Benefits

You may wonder if you truly need backup power, but the six reasons outlined above show the benefits of purchasing a UPS system. Even if you can’t afford to invest in backup power just starting off, make sure you implement backup power as soon as you can in the life of your company. The risk of losing data or profitability just isn’t worth it.

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