No matter what industry you’re in, business ICT equipment don’t come cheap and it’s safe to say that they are an asset to the business. As such, just as it’s important to invest in good equipment, it is just as vital to invest in proper upkeep. Whether that is a UPS, alternative surge protection equipment, cabling solutions or even power distribution units, it’s an investment that will keep on giving.
How can you protect your ICT equipment?
There is an abundance of options when it comes to choosing the appropriate protection for your equipment. Primarily, however, we recommend conducting a power quality audit (PQA). A power quality audit checks for reliability, efficiency and safety of your electrical system. Not only does a PQA highlight inefficiencies and current problems, but an audit can help you identify energy-saving opportunities. A power quality audit ensures the longevity of your electrical system.
Once you have conducted a power quality audit, your electrician can recommend safety measures that your business can adopt to protect your equipment.
Types of ICT equipment protection
There are various options in the market when it comes to protection maintenance and service for your electrical systems. As such, it is non-negotiable that you choose an experienced and professional data protection specialist. Once you have chosen a specialist, a consultation will highlight the most appropriate method of protection for your equipment. Some common types include:
1. Uninterruptable Power Supply – UPS installation
A UPS is designed to offer back up power when the main power source fails. UPS installation helps prevent data loss and ensures continued reliability. A UPS isn’t just a requirement for computer-heavy businesses but government organisations, healthcare and general security across many a business.
If you already have a UPS installed, make sure your business has scheduled continual maintenance regardless of the sophistication of your system. The biggest failure of UPS is rooted in the batteries. Routine maintenance can help detect these faulty issues and fix up your back up power supply. Nothing is quite as worse as investing in a UPS only to have it fail during a power outage.
2. Data structured cabling
Data centres are becoming more intricate with cabling systems designed to be more advanced and critical to the functionality of a business. If you house any type of data cabling, it is no surprise that an organised infrastructure is vital for network stability and longevity of your equipment.
Aside from the nightmare of cable tracing if an issue arises, poor organisation of cables will pose problems than solutions to your business. Establishing a clear organisational structure for your networked cables puts to bed any human error, saves you time and money in the long run.
3. Surge protection systems
Your business doesn’t have to house heavy ICT equipment to need a surge protection system. Take a look around your office: from servers to computers to desktop and TV monitors and even air conditioning systems, the value adds up. Likewise, replacing any of these can take out a pretty penny from your pocket. It is a sine qua non to invest in a surge protection system to protect your electrical equipment. Power surges are spontaneous and any damage caused will not only set you back financially but also disrupt your workflow.
Pro tip: power surges can occur in the main power grid or within your business itself. Therefore, for optimal functionality and long term use of your equipment, it is highly recommended to fit a surge protection system within the fuse board.
4. Power distribution units (PDU)
Just as it is important to protect your equipment from power surges, a continual and equal distribution of power from electrical sources is vital. A PDU or mains distribution unit (MDU) is a fitted device with multiple power outlets to maximise power output. If you’re investing in PDU equipment, choose a specialist that will source equipment from leading manufacturers.
5. Computer Room Cooling Systems
This system is specifically geared for businesses with data centres or computer rooms that need high-efficiency humidity control and air conditioning (HVAC). Temperature control is a non-negotiable requirement for the optimal functionality for data centre infrastructure. To keep your electrical equipment running efficiently, invest in cooling systems or heat pumps. However, with many HVAC options out there, weigh the pros and cons of each solution before proceeding with one. If you want to take the guessing game out of the hard work, get the help of expert electrical specialists who will evaluate your requirements and suggest an option for you that is within your budget, suited to the business and the electrical infrastructure currently in place.
Investing in protection for your ICT equipment shouldn’t be an afterthought. As assets to your organisation, ensure that you have appropriate protection. Whether that be overall surge protection equipment or heat and cooling systems for data centres, don’t overlook its longevity. If you want to protect your ICT equipment, get the help of expert electricians, Northern Lights Data. As UPS installers and power protection specialists, we can help identify any issues with your equipment and propose cost-friendly solutions with reliable after service. Contact us today to set up a consultation.