Network Protection – Did You Know UPS Units Were E-rate Eligible?

As school technology becomes more and more advanced, it also becomes much more expensive. Great technology is an investment in both your school and in your students, and it can be an amazing asset. But in the event of a disaster, there is potential for costly losses. An Unlimited Power Source (UPS) can prevent damage to equipment, prevent data loss, prevent connectivity issues, save you time, and ultimately give you peace of mind.

Research analyst Teoh Chew Yew says, “As organizations put more eggs in a single basket to save money or go green, they’re going to want to protect that basket,” and, “A UPS is a relatively inexpensive way to do that.”

What is a UPS Unit?

UPS systems maintain high availability and protect data centers from power outages. Schools and school systems use UPS systems to protect their information systems against a host of power-related issues. IT managers can condition power to smooth out spikes; protect against lightning strikes; and either keep systems running or initiate an orderly shutdown during power sags, brownouts, and other weather related outages.

What to Look For in A UPS

Power Capacity – This is the most important thing to consider when selecting a UPS is power capacity. To find out the capacity you need, just collect data on your power usage, add about 30 percent additional capacity, and that is the size of the UPS you will need.

UPS Type – The standby UPS is generally small and used with individual PCs. In the line interactive UPS is used for small businesses or departmental servers. This provides better filtering than a standby UPS would. The double conversion online UPS is an enterprise-class design generally used in UPS systems above 10kVA power capacity. It offers excellent filtering and immediate switchover in the event of a power outage.

Applications – Many UPS systems include an application that lets administrators choose specific automated actions in the event of a power spike, outage, or other event. For example, the application could automatically shut down a server in the event of an emergency.

Alarm Capabilities – A UPS can report power problems and send alarms or alerts to cell phones, pagers, or e-mail.


If you’d like to learn more about UPS Units and if this solution is right for your school, contact us today!