As from mid 2014 all Business Continuity Plan (s) in South Africa had to incorporate some form of UPS or Generator power supply contingency model due to load shedding. We know that load shedding affects business uptime but that does not necessarily mean your productivity should drop. With consistent uptime through load shedding schedules – enabled by System 5 – your business may have a competitive advantage. Use load shedding to your advantage.
When choosing the best system to power your business during power cuts there are some key factors that you need to take into consideration. With these simple guidelines you can get to the bottom of what you need and how best to keep things running smoothly during load shedding:
1. What do you need to power?
If you need to protect critical data to ensure business continuity then you certainly need a combination of an APC UPS (uninterruptable power supply) and a generator to ensure a sudden power cut does not halt critical office functioning i.e. invoicing, accounting, ordering etc.
The UPS maintains supply, protects power surges, ensures the continuity of business critical functions and servers – then maintains this output while the generator charges the batteries of the UPS.
2. Calculate your power requirements
Taking a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work because every business is different. Click here for a handy table to help you calculate the amount of power you need.From there you can start to compare the options available and determine which one is the best one for you – better yet, call System 5 today to have one of our technicians complete a power and system assessment.
3. Rules & regulations
Many complexes and office parks have rules about backup powers systems that take into consideration factors such as insurance policy requirments, diesel storage, noise levels and emissions. Before you purchase a system it is essential that you confirm these so that you don’t get yourself into hot water.
For example, how much diesel can you safely store on site under the terms of your insurance policy?
4. How much do you want to spend?
When working out the cost of a generator or UPS it’s important to take into consideration the extra items you will need over and above the devices. For example, maintenance, fuel, cables, switches, installation and housing all needed for protection against the elements.
System 5 offers a complete breakdown through the costing model, depending on whether you need to power the mission critical offices and servers, right through to powering the entire operation.
Carbon monoxide emissions are poisonous and you need to put it in a well ventilated area, away from the building, windows and doors. Call in a professional to ensure a safe installation to reduce the chances of electrocution. It’s important to ensure that it is used correctly and that fuel is safely stored.
Call System 5 today to find out how best to keep your critical systems running and protect your data: 011 317 7120