Why the need for power protection?
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Reason #1: Utility companies
Utility power isn't clean.
Mainly because it doesn't have to be. By law, it can vary widely enough to cause
significant problems for your equipment.
Utility power isn't 100% reliable.
In the U.S., it's 99.9 percent reliable, which translates into a likely nine hours
of total downtime every year. Just from issues at the power company.
Even short outages can be trouble.
Losing power for just 10 seconds can trigger events that may require 15 minutes
or possibly hours to get equipment back online.
Reason #2: The problems and risks are intensifying
High-tech equipment is highly sensitive.
Computing and networking components are more vulnerable than ever to power problems.
As technology improves, high-density servers are doing more, which puts more at
Availability is everything.
If IT systems go down, the entire enterprise can't function.
Downtime is costly.
Some industry estimates believe the U.S. economy loses between $200 billion
and $570 billion a year as a result of outages and other disturbances.
Reason #3: Generators and surge suppressors are not enough
Generators only work when the power's off.
Backup generators address outages but provide no protection from the other power
You need more than a surge protector.
Surge suppressors take care of power surges but provide no protection from under-voltage,
variance conditions and other power problems.
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What does a UPS do?
A UPS performs three primary functions:
First, a line-interactive or double-conversion UPS conditions the incoming dirty
power from the utility company. It filters out the irregularities and gives you
clean, uninterruptible power.
Second, it provides ride-through power to cover for sags or short-term outages (3
minutes to several hours, depending on what you need).
Finally, it enables seamless system shutdown during a complete power outage.
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How do I choose the right UPS?
There are four different kinds of UPSs:
UPSs — These smaller UPSs provide an economical source of protection from power
outages, surges and sags. If you just need basic protection for small systems like
desktops and cash registers, a small standby UPS like the Eaton 3105 is your best
Line-interactive UPSs — If you need a voltage regulation and power protection
for moderate loads (500VA to 6 kVA), particularly for commercial or office applications,
a line-interactive UPS like the Eaton 5125 or Eaton Evolution/S is your best bet.
Double-conversion UPSs — These UPSs convert raw power coming in to refined
power through a process of double conversion. They change it from dirty AC to DC, clean it and then convert it back
to AC. For very sensitive, expensive equipment that needs clean, true sine-wave power, a double-conversion UPS like the Eaton
9355 or Eaton MX is the smart pick.
Double-conversion On Demand — If you must have clean power for high-density
data centers, and energy efficiency and flexible configuration are top priorities
Eaton's innovative, hybrid Double-Conversion On-Demand (exclusive to the
Eaton BladeUPS) would be the only choice. It combines line-interactive and online
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What is the difference between a decentralized configuration
and a centralized configuration?
In a centralized UPS configuration, a larger UPS supports multiple
locations or a group of equipment from a single point. Centralized UPSs are often
hardwired into an electrical panelboard.
A decentralized configuration allows each UPS to protect a handful
of devices or a single piece of equipment. Decentralized UPSs are usually plug and
play using plugs and receptacles.
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