Reason #1: Utility companies
- Utility power isn't clean. Mainly because it doesn't have to be. By law, it can vary widely enough to cause significant problems for your equipment.
- Utility power isn't 100% reliable. In the U.S., it's 99.9 percent reliable, which translates into a likely nine hours of total downtime every year. Just from issues at the power company.
- Even short outages can be trouble. Losing power for just 10 seconds can trigger events that may require 15 minutes or possibly hours to get equipment back online.
Reason #2: The problems and risks are intensifying
- High-tech equipment is highly sensitive. Computing and networking components are more vulnerable than ever to power problems. As technology improves, high-density servers are doing more, which puts more at risk.
- Availability is everything. If IT systems go down, the entire enterprise can't function.
- Downtime is costly. Some industry estimates believe the U.S. economy loses between $200 billion and $570 billion a year as a result of outages and other disturbances.
Reason #3: Generators and surge suppressors are not enough
- Generators only work when the power's off. Backup generators address outages but provide no protection from the other power disturbances.
- You need more than a surge protector.