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Continu stresses importance of protective back-up power

The sponsor of the Best 'Not for Profit' Sector IT Project of the Year award on a critical issue for the sector

Alison McFadden, managing director of Continu
Alison McFadden, managing director of Continu

The cost of IT issues for all sizes of businesses can be significant. It typically takes four hours to get a system up and running again after a crash, and a recent survey of 450 leading companies showed each organisation suffered on average nine computer failures a year.

A lesser known fact is the effect 'clean' power has on your IT environment and that's where back-up power comes in. There is a misconception that back-up power is simply protecting against outages and acts like a generator.

But Alison McFadden, managing director of Continu, says: "Utility companies are not committed to providing clean, uninterrupted power to sensitive IT equipment.

"An interface is required. There are two functions: one is to provide short-term emergency power in the event of a complete mains power failure, and the second is to protect the load from power quality problems, including spikes, voltage dips, fluctuations, thus providing a clean and stable supply to protect sensitive IT equipment. Back-up power therefore has two main functions and the second function is arguably more important.

"In fact, approximately 80% of electrical problems are due to in-building phenomena, eg lifts, air conditioners, copiers, florescent lighting, etc."

Alison explains: "In short, we ensure our customers are fully prepared and protected against power problems and have a clean, stable and efficient back-up power solution.

"This starts with design and, from there, we use world-leading back-up power products such as from Schneider Electric, APC/Riello and NEC to keep your critical systems up and running all of the time, saving you money, preventing downtime and protecting your data."

For IT decision makers, efficiency and environmental impacts are paramount.

Alison adds: "Our emphasis now is on broadening the debate so that efficiency isn't just seen as electricity and energy use but a shift to wider power management including energy storage and trading electricity.

"Very recent technical advances in UPS equipment has made all this possible."

Trust is key to attracting and retaining new customers for Continu. In today's 24/7 on-demand world, mission-critical business systems must be available 100% of the time and downtime cannot be tolerated nor afforded.

Continu is trusted by large public and private organisations with business-critical IT systems, many with multi-sites, for example BT, Belfast Telegraph publisher Independent News and Media, Concentrix, NIE, Total Mobile, Moy Park, Thales, hospital trusts, the NI Civil Service and SONI. Continu provides service support 24/7/365 to customers throughout Ireland, mainland UK, Scotland and Portugal.Continu offers CPD workshops to business teams interested in learning about the latest advancements in back-up power and energy storage.

Alison says the company is proud to support the category of the Best 'Not For Profit' Sector IT Project of the Year.

"We are delighted to support these awards and wish all the entrants the best of luck."

For advice about your back-up power or energy storage projects, get in touch with www.continu-ups.com

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