Given the recent spate of storm events, and the weather experts saying we’re going to get more in the future, now is the time to check your IT gear is protected from weather events.
New research from NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) has shown that extreme events have occurred four to five times more frequently in the last decade.
Many IT technicians had call-outs from clients after the recent storms. Thunderstorms can literally fry electronics, and this causes not just replacement cost, but also work disruption and even possibly data loss.
Many technicians carry surge protectors in their cars, so that whenever they are working, they can ensure that sensitive IT equipment is at least surge protected. But for clients we see less often, or who are not on a managed service agreement, it’s easy for IT devices to not be surge protected. Your staff, cleaners or others will sometimes move plugs about. Be aware that this does matter.
Now is a good time to have a look at your computer equipment, or ask your IT Alliance partner to do it for you next time they are onsite.
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A surge protector guards against the damage that sudden power surges can cause.
An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is an electrical apparatus that provides emergency power when the mains power fails.
While surge protectors can last for years, it pays to keep a close eye on them and replace them if needed.