Correct me if I am wrong here, but haven't times
changed? It seems like only yesterday that 5:00pm was the time people
quit work for the day that the workplace used to sound bells or horns
to signal the end of the working day. There was no significant
overtime, no long hours just a pure and simple working week. And once
workers arrived home they simply had dinner, met up with friends, or
watched TV and went to bed to ensure that they got up in time to go to
work the next morning.
Indeed things have changed. Welcome to the digital
age where we live in a 24/7 existence of extended shopping hours, more
demanding customers, virtual shopping, mobile connectivity, the
Internet, are to name just a few things, that have combined to change
the face of the world in which companies and organisations must
compete. Everything is expected to work around the clock. People
expect to be able to access their bank account over the internet at
anytime of the night or day from anywhere in the world, or be able to
call to and from anywhere in the world at any time, or pay bills, book
holidays, buy clothes, in our busy lives we want to be able to do this
whenever it is most convenient for us. Businesses supplying such
services need to be able to offer this, without problems or delays.
They need to be available efficiently and effectively 24 hours a day.
Just take the Internet for example. If the web site
supplying a service crashes or takes forever to complete it is a fact
that the customer will go elsewhere, maybe to another site that
doesn't crash, or change to a more reliable ISP. It's the same with
telecommunications companies. They need to be able to provide a secure
and stable service to its phone customers.
A supermarket relies on electronic terminals and
computers to process customer sales. If the system goes down then
customers will walk out and business is lost. Likewise a bank dealing
room which is processing millions of pounds worth of customer business
every hour cannot afford a minute's downtime due to power problems.
There is so much competition between organisations that they cannot
afford to disrupt their services at anytime.
According to the Venture Development Corporation (VDC),
"Demand for UPSs in Europe will expand steadily as computing,
networking, Internet based businesses and telecommunications continue
rapid growth within EMEA. The growing dependence upon this
electronically linked telecommunications infrastructure of mission
critical applications and data storage functions will be a growth
driver as the EMEA market surges toward US$2.2 billion (2.4 billion)
in 2004, in contrast to US$1.4 billion (1.6 billion) in 1999."
Giving the customer what it wants and knowing how
to do is the key to success in this new age. Business enterprises and
administrators (IT managers) responsible for maintaining systems
availability recognise the necessity of investing heavily in power
protection. The need for UPS relates directly to how critical computer
uptime is to your organisation and in this day and age it is 24/7.
Thus solid reliable power protection 24/7 is the key to success or
failure of your business.
VDC states: "End users are appreciating and
seeking power protection for mission critical applications and
operations due to the unstable power grid, whilst more and more
operations are being defined as mission critical." Coupled with
traditional markets such as medical laboratories, hospitals and public
buildings, the new and more non traditional markets such as Internet
banking, telecoms, datacom, Internet-based businesses, call centres
and network centres to name just a few, will drive the UPS market in
EMEA over the next few years, as they strive to keep going 24/7. The
migration away from centralised information, data use and storage to
distributed processing has been the key to many application
developments. In the past few years, demand for UPS has involved
client server networking. With increased networking and Internet use
in EMEA, VDC expects this trend to continue, and to peak in two to
TODAY'S POWER PROBLEMS
Many people wrongly assume that the only time to
worry about the effect of power on computer and other electronic
equipment is when there is a total power cut, which in most countries
is not frequent. However, the greatest impacts are the fluctuations
and disturbances in mains power and power grids which are unseen but
can affect the performance of equipment.
It has been estimated that in the past almost half
of all unexplained computer problems such as data loss, network
crashes, mysterious error messages, damaged files and so forth can be
attributed to power input problems. Many people assume that the
electricity coming from the mains is 'pure' but it is not. For
instance, the utility input voltage can fluctuate widely over a period
of time. Then there is a multitude of other power problems such as
sags, spikes, brownouts, surges and so forth. Many factors can affect
the quality of the power. For example, using the lifts in the building
or even switching on the photocopier can cause fluctuations in the
supply. Sensitive electronic equipment like computers, hubs and
routers are susceptible to power variations. Most PCs nowadays can
ride out power outages of a few milliseconds but no more.
UPS should be considered when an IT installation is
being planned or a building is first being constructed. Power
protection specialists advise on what equipment is needed to protect
the load and any special considerations, which need to be taken into
account. What a UPS does is not only provide backup power in the event
of a complete power failure but also take the input electricity, clean
it up and output what is called 'pure sinewave'.
The level of UPS protection varies with the size of
organisation; the criticality of systems and the way businesses are
set up. Some companies have one large UPS in the basement of the
building, which protects the power supply for the whole building. This
is also often backed up by a generator, which can provide longer term
uptime. Other companies may just protect the network server or
individual workstations where the data is vital to their business. As
VDC explains, "The migration away from centralised information,
data use and storage to distributed processing has been the key to
many application developments. In the past few years, demand for low
UPS has involved client server networks. With increased networking and
Internet use in EMEA, VDC expects this trend to continue, and to peak
in two to three years."
However, the most important thing to know is that
there is a UPS solution to suit your needs, whether it is small basic
protection for every PC or workstation in your organisation or you
choose to back up everything with one large UPS. And as UPS technology
continues to advance your business/organisation will keep up in this
24/7 world we live in.
A globally recognized industry leader for more than
40 years, Powerware designs and manufactures a full line of
Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS), DC power systems, and power
management software/connectivity products. Powerware products are
typically used in networking, PC, financial, medical, industrial,
voice and data communications, military and aerospace applications -
wherever continuous power is essential to daily operations. Powerware
is headquartered in Raleigh, NC, and is part of Eaton Corporation.
The company offers a full range of UPSs ranging in
size from 300 volt-amperes (VA) for personal computers to greater than
1,000 kilovolt-amperes (kVA) for mission-critical applications
including data centers, Internet service providers, and server farms.
Network-connectivity devices, extended battery cabinets, power
distribution modules and other power-related devices further enhance
Powerware UPS hardware offerings. The Powerware product portfolio also
includes a full line of DC Power Systems ranging in size from mini
systems for roadside cabinets or customer premises equipment to large
systems for major switching installations. Power management software
and IT infrastructure management software complete the company's
product line. Basic power management software provides
industry-standard monitoring, alarm and shutdown capabilities. More
advanced software packages offer expansive data archiving, trending
and regression analysis tools with predictive capabilities. With
innovative software that can predict the type and timing of possible
future events, Powerware is leading an industry shift from reactive
power protection to proactive power management.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial
manufacturer with 2003 sales of $8.1 billion. Eaton is a global leader
in fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and
aircraft equipment; electrical systems and components for power
quality, distribution and control; automotive engine air management
systems and powertrain controls for fuel economy; and intelligent
drivetrain systems for fuel economy and safety in trucks. Today, the
company classifies its business into four distinct segments, which
are, by size: Fluid Power, Electrical, Automotive and Truck. Eaton has
51,000 employees, 207 manufacturing sites and sells products to
customers in more than 100 countries.
GemNet is a power solutions company, providing
quality power products and services. Our philosophy has always been to
combine its local expertise and commitment with quality products,
technical competence and the support of its principal. Since
inception, it has been our goal to build deep and long lasting
relationships with our customers and alliance partners by providing
them top-quality power products and services. This has been the single
most important success factor for GemNet, earning it the reputation as
one of the leading and most professional power products and solutions
companies. Today, GemNet enjoys an established track record of
excellence with its customers in Pakistan and the United Arab
Emirates. GemNet is the authorized distributor for Eaton Powerware's
range of AC and DC Uninterruptible Power Systems, and offers a large
range of specialized power related products and services. The company
has local offices in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad (GemNet Pvt.
Limited) and Dubai, United Arab Emirates (GemNet Gulf).
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
* Service plans to fit the clients needs, including
plans that cover the client's existing Power Systems and UPSs.
* Services also include: Needs Analysis,
Comparative Product Analysis, Cost Justification, End-User Training,
Maintenance, After Sales Support, Data/telecom center electrical
contracting and site preparation.
* Power Consulting & Critical Environment Site
Audit (CESA): Audit of existing UPS and recommendation of a power
solution, analysis of the quality of power feeding the systems, and
facility/site inspection, identification and correction of the
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