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Falcon Electric, Inc. has provided power protection solutions to Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years. Our customers include Ford Motor Company, Lucent Technologies and Sprint, to mention a few. Under private label, Falcon Electric has supplied Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) products under private label to other large UPS manufacturers. Through the years, our award-winning UPS products have established a reputation for innovation, reliability and performance. Our level of customer service and engineering support is unsurpassed.
For today’s corporations, data reliability is not only a necessity but a federal mandate. Federal and state laws now encompass corporate data source protections for:
- contracts, trade secrets and federal intellectual property
- medical, legal, and employee records
- computer intrusion prevention, detection and protection
All corporate volatile data in these areas must be stored, backed up and retained on non-volatile media for years.
Your staff tells you they have it covered.
Will the critical data being entered through every one of your workstations this instant make it to the security of your servers’ hard drive in the event of a localized power blackout?
This is not a simple question to answer and it would have to be answered “no” unless every workstation, DSL, Fiber, T1 & T3 line equipment, file-server, network hub, switch and router are backed up by a functional UPS power supply equipped with good batteries. Every powered device from the workstation through the LAN, WAN or enterprise network, including the destination file server must be backed up to even begin to claim a reasonable attempt was made to assure the data was secure.
You have asked the question and your staff now tells you they may not have it covered. What steps should be taken?
- Conduct a survey of every key workstation, LAN/WAN device and file server located in the data path and determine the best method of providing backup to each device. In the majority of cases, individual UPS units may be incorporated. In the case of larger installations--such as data centers, server farms, main-frames—motor generators and UPS systems capable of supporting the entire facility may be required.
- Conduct a power quality survey at all key or critical locations to determine what types of power quality problems exist. For example, some portions of the country have major lightning problems requiring extra Transient Voltage Surge Suppression (TVSS) devices to be installed throughout the facility. The facility may house heavy manufacturing equipment that may be a source of localized power pollution that can be very disruptive to computer systems or sensitive laboratory equipment located in the same facility.
- In locations where equipment or servers must remain operational on a continuous basis and absolutely cannot be without power, true redundant N+1 capable UPS units or Maintenance Bypass Switches (MBS) must be installed. Larger operations may consider the installation of multiple utility power feeds from separate generating stations.
- Whenever possible select a high quality on-line topology UPS system and avoid the low-cost off-line UPS. The on-line UPS protects against the widest spectrum of power problems. (Read the Falcon Electric UPS tutorial describing the various UPS design topologies). It offers the ability to deliver clean power and extended battery operating time of up to several hours through the connection of optional extended battery banks.
- Due to the large number of UPS units that may have to be installed, network-based centralized UPS management must be employed. This will allow for the monitoring and management of every UPS to be carried out from one location. UPS units must first be selected that support the addition of an Ethernet connected, TCP-IP addressable SNMP/HTTP Agent board or device. It is recommended to select the products from one UPS manufacturer as the management protocols and features may differ from manufacturer to manufacturer.
- Initiate a comprehensive UPS maintenance and battery replacement program. Typically UPS systems require battery and fan replacement every 3-5 years. It’s a good idea to replace the battery every 3 years. For critical applications, test the batteries and inspect the UPS and fans every 6 months.