Few things cause more damage to a server than a sudden loss of power. The server might seize up in the middle of processing, it might sustain physical damage, or it might not come back up again -- ever. To prevent this kind of nightmare, you need to have some power supply solutions standing by, and at the same time you need to be aware of these systems' individual limitations.
First of all, you can pretty much dismiss the standard surge protectors found at most home improvement, office supply or general discount stores. Yes, they can suppress a surge, but only on the order of a baby-sized lightning strike at most. They're useful for protecting against low to medium severity surges that go through your wiring, but what you really need to protect your components from brownouts or other serious voltage issues is a line conditioner. A line conditioner steps the voltage level up or down to provide your system with "clean" power for consistent operation, helping to extend the lifespan of your components.
Next we have the devices that prevent your servers and workstations from going down. The UPS, or Uninterruptible Power Supply, is an important addition to any IT system. It comes with an attached battery that keeps feeding power to your components even if the main power fails. But you need to make sure the battery is actually hooked up and set to safely auto-shutdown the server before the battery runs out of juice as well.
Gravity Systems can equip you with the right kinds of power supply backup units to keep your IT system running smoothly at all times. We can even set you up with a combination line conditioner and UPS that regulates your voltage levels while preventing catastrophic power loss. Contact us for more info!