Keeping I.T. Up and Running

Continu on the importance of reliable backup power protection

The cost of I.T. issues, for all size of businesses can be significant. It typically takes 4 hours to get a system up and running again after a crash and a recent survey of 450 leading companies showed each organisation suffered on average, 9 computer failures a year.

A lesser known fact is the effect ‘clean’ power has on your I.T. environment and that’s where backup power comes in. There is a misconception that backup power is simply protecting against outages and acts like a generator.

Alison McFadden, MD, Continu, explains,

“Utility companies, are not committed to provide clean, uninterrupted power to sensitive IT equipment. An interface is required, there are two functions, one is to provide short term emergency power in the event of a complete mains power failure and the second is to protect the load from power quality problems, including spikes, voltage dips, fluctuations thus providing a clean and stable supply to protect sensitive I.T. equipment. Backup power therefore has two main functions and the second function is arguably more important. In fact approx. 80% of electrical problems are due to in-building phenomena, e.g. Lifts, air conditioners, copiers, florescent lighting etc.”

Alison explains “In short we ensure our customers are fully prepared and protected against power problems and have a clean, stable and efficient backup power solution. This starts with design and, from there, we use world leading backup power products such as Schneider Electric, APC/Riello and NEC, to keep your critical systems up and running all of the time, saving you money, preventing downtime and protecting your data,”

For I.T. decision makers efficiency and environmental impacts are paramount.

Alison explains

“ Our emphasis now is on broadening the debate so that efficiency isn’t just seen as electricity and energy use but a shift to wider power management including energy storage and trading electricity. Very recent technical advances in UPS equipment has made all this possible”  

Key to attracting and retaining new customers for Continu is trust. In today’s 24/7 on demand world, mission-critical business systems must be available 100% of the time anddowntime cannot be tolerated nor afforded. Continu is trusted by large public and private organisations with business-critical IT systems many with multi sites, for example, B.T., Independent News and Media, Concentrix, NIE, Total Mobile, Moy Park, Thales, The Hospital Trusts, The NI Civil Service, SONI. Continu provides service support 24/7/365 to customers throughout Ireland, mainland UK, Scotland and Portugal.

Continu offer CPD workshops to business teams interested in learning about the latest technological advancements in backup power and energy storage.

“We are delighted to support these awards and wish all the entrants the best of luck. “

For advice about your backup power or energy storage projects, get in touch!