Are you still using a UPS for your server?

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Pat Duffy

Nov 23, 2021, 9:51:53 AM11/23/21
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Hi all
Our UPS has died a slow death and needs replacing. But I'm wondering, given the cost of replacing a heavy-duty rack-mounted unit, and also how rarely power surges/cuts happen now, is it actually worth the investment? Maybe a basic standalone €200 unit would make more sense
Any thoughts welcome :) 

Kind regards

Greg Ashe

Nov 23, 2021, 11:26:01 AM11/23/21
Depends on what you need really. Unless you have UPS on all other devices downstream having a server online whilst everyone else is in the dark is pointless.
So you can probably get away with a more modest unit that will protect against spikes in service rather than giving sustained operation in event of power outage. 
However with the prospect of brown-outs due to grid capacity issues you most definitely want some form of protection - electronics do not like brown-outs!!

Gregory Ashe
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Paul de Lacy

Nov 23, 2021, 12:48:55 PM11/23/21
+1 for Greg

Paul de Lacy
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Balla National School
Co Mayo


Nov 23, 2021, 2:07:00 PM11/23/21
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Depends on your use case - they could be something said for keeping a server running if the UPS is powering a gateway/router and wireless AP (chromebooks and phones could still operate) if power outages are frequent. As Greg pointed out not much point having a server up when everything else is down (except maybe if you still have facility or the like running locally for attendance. 

In reality a small UPS that allows the server to shut down safely is probably all that is needed. Most have software that will trigger a safe shutdown - e.g. APC Powerchute. 
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