What is the Best UPS Management Option for Your Business?

Ensuring that businesses have power protection for critical applications is vital to prevent disruptions to day-to-day operations. For small-to-medium business (SMB) owners, it’s really a matter of when, not if, you’re going to encounter a power disruption. As the graphic below makes clear, outages may be more frequent than you think, with one-third of companies experiencing some downtime every month and nearly all having lost access to critical systems at some point. Perhaps most disturbing is comparing the average length of downtime per incident, 22 hours, with the fact that 83% of companies have a downtime tolerance of 3 hours or less. Clearly, it’s a situation that warrants attention through UPS management.

Downtime Risks

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is a common, effective way to protect critical systems in the event of a power disruption, whether it’s a prolonged outage or just a blip that can nonetheless damage sensitive machines such as computers and cash registers. UPSs provide backup power that can keep critical equipment up and running during relatively short outages and allow you to safely power them down in the event of a longer outage. Or, in cases where a backup generator is available, after a power failure the UPS can keep systems running until the generator starts.

As power protection is vital, the need for a reliable UPS is key. Staying informed on the health of your UPS allows you to make proactive decisions that maximize the uptime of your system, which is why it is so important to select the most appropriate UPS management solution for your business.

A question we get from many SMB customers centers on the difference between the monitoring and management capabilities of our UPS products. All APC Smart-UPS are EcoStruxureTM Ready, via two options: an ethernet port on the back of the device known as the SmartConnect Port or the UPS Network Management Card (NMC). This blog post will walk you through these two options and the key benefits of both.

To get started, take our interactive quiz, which will help select the monitoring solution best for your business needs.

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