Photo - John Atherton, Vice President of Schneider Electric IT Business Malaysia, explains the impact of power outages
As Malaysia is ranked fifth in terms of lightning density, homes as well as small offices are showing interest in adopting uninterruptible power supply (UPS) solutions to protect and extend the life of electronic devices including computers, said power solutions firm Schneider Electric.
Schneider Electric IT business Malaysia vice president John Atherton said Malaysians are steadily becoming more aware of the need for cleaner and uninterrupted electric supply to protect sensitive data and domestic and office devices.
"We are becoming more and more dependent on technology, which relies on a constant source of usable power," said Atherton. "Interrupted power could also cause loss of business and in certain circumstances even the loss of life."
"In most cases infrastructure failure and natural disaster are two of the causes to outages," he said. "Though Malaysia has not suffered major disturbances, it does experience lightning strikes and thunderstorms; in addition, this year's monsoon hit us quite hard."
"Though most power disruptions cause minor inconveniences, caused by compromises, power related incidents are a major cause for concern," said Atherton, "Even when we are connected to the electrical grid, we still experience spikes, which shorten the life of electronic devices."
"In 2003, there was an outage of five hours, which caused the loss of US$13.8 million dollars," he said. "Now, 10 years ago we are even more dependent on power - especially in health, mobile devices, and infrastructure sectors - so a similar outage could have an impact in the hundreds of millions of dollars."
Organisations of all sizes
"From a business perspective, organisations of all sizes depend on technology," said Atherton. "Customer satisfaction and business reputation are especially vulnerable to outages and these could also lead to disruptions in business dealings."
"All businesses need to establish a power management strategy to provide a continuous supply and cleaner supply of power made possible by UPS systems," he said. "This will help to avoid potential risk to brand, business operations, and inconveniences."
"The use of UPS devices has extended to homes as these are insurance measures, which protect home systems and preserve quality of user experience," said Atherton.
Schneider Electric solutions engineer, IT business, Malaysia, Alex Keng, outlined the UPS solutions available for domestic and small office/home office (SOHO) use. "In the case of home computers, the battery supply gives time to prevent loss and corruption of data especially during an extended power outage."
Keng said the APC Back-UPS Pro 900 for home and SOHOs included unique 'green' features for personal and domestic electronic devices such as LCD display, backup power supply, surge protection, resettable circuit breaker, automatic voltage regulator, power-saving outlets (energy saving) and automatic diagnostics. "100watt device would have extended run time of 60 minutes, 500 watts would be five minutes allowing backup and switch off of devices."
"These come at a competitive price and is now a good investment as well as an 'insurance policy' as data is priceless," he added. "Another uniquely positioned range is the Smart UPS system, which is designed for small to medium enterprises and small to medium businesses that have power hungry blade servers or heavily loaded equipment racks."
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