Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Agusto rides high on APC-MGE UPS

Leading business information and credit rating agency, Agusto & Co, has attributed the increase in its service delivery to the implementation of an APC-MGE Smart 5KVA uninterruptible power supply (UPS).

The Smart-UPS unit was installed as a central UPS to safeguard the organisation’s IT networks.

Head, Information Technology, Mr. Joel Bamidele informed that downtime is now unthinkable in the country, although like any other IT department serving a busy enterprise, the data centre is not problem-free.

This he alluded to the fact that the regular power challenges in this part of the world.

“Our power supply was out for longer than necessary and the Smart-UPS’ batteries were completely drained but fortunately none of our equipment was damaged,” he disclosed.

Mr. Bamidele added that ordinarily, if the UPS had not been up and running, this incident would probably had caused immeasurable damage to the company.

Commenting on the development, regional director for Africa at APC-MGE, Mr. Carl Kleynhans, said that a power protection strategy is of particular importance in a country like Nigeria where power problems are common and companies require specific power protection features to help ensure uninterrupted network availability.

“APC-MGE’s solutions provide unmatched uptime and peace of mind in a region where the quality of electricity is never guaranteed,” he said.

Mr. Kleynhans explained that the Smart-UPS unit protects critical data by supplying reliable, network-grade power in either traditional tower or rack-optimised form factors.

“It is the ideal UPS for protecting business-critical servers, voice and data networks, point of sale, retail bank back-office and Automated Teller Machines (ATM’s).

As said by him, this level of UPS unit has been designed for fileservers based on Intel- or UNIX mini-computers, Central Processing Union (CPU), Internet hubs, network switches, telecommunications systems and other mission -critical applications,” he said.

The unit, he added, offers hardware protection with multi-stage surge suppression, sine wave output on battery and line interactive design.

He enlightened that with the included PowerChute plus software, the UPS will store data safely and shut down network operating systems before battery is discharged.

“The APC-MGE Smart-UPS remains the industry standard for all network UPSes,” Kleynhans noted.

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