Downtime is expensive. So expensive that it costs the average business around $2,000 per hour in lost productivity, lead generation, and even data integrity. Also, research has found that the cost of information and communication technology (ICT) downtime is substantial, from $1 million a year for a typical mid-size company to over $60 million for a large enterprise.
One of the easiest ways to avoid this costly downtime is to install an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). These powerful systems can keep your business operational while you’re waiting on your main power source to kick in again. The problem? There’s no such thing as a fail-proof UPS system, which is why regular maintenance is required. Here’s our take on why UPS preventative maintenance is so critical to your overall IT strategy, and tips on how to choose the best UPS monitoring software or service for your business needs.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T RUN UPS PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE ON MY SYSTEM?
Think of it as servicing your car. Just like you wouldn’t run your vehicle without servicing the key parts once in a while, you shouldn’t neglect the core components of your UPS. Failing to properly maintain your UPS may lead to:
- System damage
- Expensive repair costs
- Unnecessary replacement parts
In short, if you don’t prioritize UPS maintenance, you could face steeper costs down the line.
HOW CAN A UPS MONITORING SERVICE HELP TO PREVENT DOWNTIME?
A UPS monitoring service helps avoid costly downtime by:
- Installing software to monitor your UPS and diagnose any issues in real-time for the quickest possible solution
- Identifying potential problems early – minimizing any costs to your business
- Routinely maintaining your system’s key parts so it performs when you need it most
Most importantly, a UPS monitoring service lets your core IT staff and service personnel focus on staying productive rather than worrying about power issues.
WHAT ARE THE BEST UPS MONITORING SERVICES FOR ME?
To choose the right UPS monitoring service or software, consider:
- Whether your service provider has easy access to the parts your system requires, like batteries – otherwise, you’ll face repair delays.
- If they’ve got experience and certification in your industry.
- The level of support and response times available. Ideally, you’re looking for 24/7 support.
Ask as many questions as you need before choosing your provider.
CAN I PERFORM MY OWN UPS PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE INSTEAD?
Sure, but it may not be the best strategy. For example, it’s all too easy to overlook a routine battery inspection, and you might not know how often to change and clean the critical parts like filters and fans.
On the other hand, with a professional performing your UPS maintenance, you can relax knowing that your power supply is properly maintained. And remember, a predictable bill from a UPS service provider is always less expensive than unexpected downtime!
ActologSolutions has been providing quality power protection services and systems across Nigeria for over 10 years. With offices in major critical states around Nigeria, our team is well placed to serve your company on a local level across the country.