It goes without saying that in order for your IT equipment to work, you need power. However in small businesses, the stability and quality of that power is an important matter often overlooked. UPS devices such as the one pictured are essential, but often only cover part of the picture. Power outages are uncommon, but if they hit an IT infrastructure suddenly, both physical and logical damage can occur. A UPS connected to a server prevents critical components from physical damage, and the majority of logical damage (corruption). However in some cases for specific software packages, corruption can still occur. For example, Sage accounting software which still runs on a fairly rudimentary database structure, other JET based databases (such as Microsoft Access) and also SQL databases with local client software can often become corrupt if the connection to their data source is suddenly cut. This is why we never recommend using such software locally over a VPN connection or even a local wireless connection. Exchange server, as another example does not suffer the same fate. For this reason it’s always good practice to inform us if your office is suffering from power outages. If the outages are frequent it may be necessary to invest in (or hire) additional power equipment for affected machines.