UPS basics

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Courtesy of Eaton Corporation

Everything you ever wanted to know about uninterruptible power systems but were afraid to ask.

By Chris Loeffler, Product Manager, BladeUPS and Data Center Solutions, Distributed Power Quality, and Ed Spears, Product Manager, Eaton Power Quality Solutions Operation Eaton Corporation

Executive summary

Budgeting for electricity, securing adequate supplies of it and finding ways to use less of it are all common topics of conversation among data center operators. Ensuring that the power their IT resources rely on is both dependable and clean, sadly, can sometimes be an afterthought.

In truth, however, power sags, surges and outages are not only unavoidable but more than capable of damaging valuable IT equipment and bringing productivity to a halt. That’s why planning and deploying a robust power protection solution is absolutely vital.

An uninterruptible power system (UPS) is the central component of any well-designed power protection architecture. This white paper provides an introductory overview of what a UPS is and what kinds of UPS are available, as well as a comprehensive guide to selecting the right UPS and accessories for your needs.

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