Designing A Computer Network For Emergency Power


Computer systems can lose lots of data immediately if power is lost before information can be saved. Even if you have the will and funds to make a backup system happen, you need to know what your options are and how they can connect to your electrical grid. Before ordering the first generator or photovoltaic cell you see, take the time to understand a few emergency power options and how they can fit with your computer systems.

Uninterruptible Power Supplies Are The First Line Of Defense

For any computer system, you need to make sure that an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is installed and connected to all devices that require backup power.

The UPS is a battery unit that keeps a charge while the power is on, but can provide power during a power outage. Outside of the battery is a case that can be used like a power strip, allowing you to connect your computer and related systems. A reliable UPS needs to have a surge protector function to protect against damaging excesses of power or provide a warranty if your systems are damaged.

Across the various UPS quality levels, you can install a unit that estimates the amount of power for you or a unit that has no power duration meter. The power estimate meter shows how long the connected devices could run if power is lost, but you should consider testing the amount of power manually by unplugging the UPS and allowing the computer system to operate on battery power only.

Keep in mind that as with any backup power system, Internet connections rely on power in places other than your building. If your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or all connecting stations between you and the Internet are without power, having a powered modem is useless unless your company shares files within an internal network. Consider how your unique network is used to decide if you need to buy a UPS for your network devices as well.

Liquid Fuel Options Versus Solar

Diesel and gas generators are a good option when you need a lot of power on quick demand. They use a system of turbines that are ignited and fueled by liquid fuel, then rely on continuous motion to generator power. Higher performance generators use continuous fuel as necessary, similar to a way a car uses fuel to accelerate or maintain speed.

Solar power options using photovoltaic technology can absorb sunlight and convert the light to usable energy. For a reliable computer backup system, you also need a large collection of battery units to store energy energy to be useful for long periods of time.

The major downside of liquid fuel generators is that liquid fuels have an expiration date that depends on the mixture. There is also an issue of environmental impact, as gas or diesel fuel used in a generator still creates exhaust.

For solar energy systems, you'll need to make sure that the batteries are still functional on a regular basis. Battery capacity can weaken over time simply by having stored energy, which can reduce the amount of time available for backup power.

To decide on which method might be available for your business and area, or to figure out if you can use a combination of multiple techniques, contact a generator installation professional like Genesis Electrical Service Inc.


20 July 2015

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