Business Continuity | 6 Tips to Protect your Business

Like many of us, you have probably started the year thinking about what you want you and your business to achieve in 2015.

However, have you protected one of the most vital things within your business, your businesses critical data? If you don’t have a UPS and/or generator in place your business is at risk of losing critical data as well as downtime. Downtime, even if just for a matter of seconds, can carry a huge price tag. Having an unprotected business is a big risk to take when power protection is available. Business continuity is essential.

So, what can you do to ensure Business Continuity within your business?

Make sure you are prepared in the event your power supply is interrupted to reduce business disruption and loss of unrecoverable data. Safeguard your data centre and make sure it has the necessary systems and maintenance equipment to guarantee a reliable source of backup power.

Business Continuity

Power cuts do happen, and often it’s due to circumstances that are beyond our control

You will have heard on the news recently about power failures caused by the recent extreme weather conditions, and accidental damage which recently had severe consequences in power supplied by the Northern Powergrid. There was also a power failure at Gatwick Airport just before Christmas causing a huge amount of travel chaos.

What backup have you got in place to keep your data centre running?

Installation of a UPS and/or generator are essential for your data centre, depending on the size and demands of your business, and the potential costs and threats downtime would incur.

Standard data centre designs include both a UPS and generator. It’s important to know that a UPS will keep your systems running only as long as the battery life. Generators are often required for extended runtimes.

Contact our power supply consultants to find out which data centre power supply solutions are best suited for your business needs.

Business Continuity for your data centre – 6 top tips!

  1. Ensure you have the right protection. A generator and/or UPS alongside regular maintenance will ensure optimum performance for back up power when you need it most.
  2. Data Centre Cooling. In data centres that are equipped with high demand devices, equipment can overheat. Batteries are critical components of your standby power system. High battery temperatures can be a combined result of the data centre room temperature, and the heat generated and emitted by the batteries in use. A data centre cooling system will keep the room at the correct temperature and prevent power failure by overheating.
  3. UPS Battery Maintenance. UPS batteries need to be periodically checked to make sure they will function effectively when needed.
  4. Design and build of data centre. The design and build of a data centre is essential and shouldn’t be overlooked. A correct setup of a data centre can extend equipment lifetime and ensure optimum reliability and performance.
  5. Generator Maintenance. Load bank testing will prevent the risk of a power failure by testing it under load conditions. This precautionary measure will ensure you system will support a critical load.
  6. Scheduled Maintenance. According to a study carried out by Emerson Network Power, the mean time between failures (MTBF) for UPS units that received 2 maintenance services a year is 23 times higher than UPS equipment that’s had no maintenance.

Contact us to find out more about our business continuity, remote monitoring service, consultancy and site visits, servicing and tailored maintenance.