Monthly Archives: September 2011

  1. Overcoming the UK Energy Gap

    The UK energy gap is growing faster than anticipated. A whitepaper published by LogicaCMG, a leading provider of business services to the energy sector, predicts that energy demand in the UK could exceed supply by as much as 23% during peak times. Within ten years, this gap could cost UK businesses in excess of £108 billion each year. Reports from Parliament suggest that over the last five years businesses across England and Wales have experienced approximately 96 million unplanned power interruptions. And as pressure mounts on the already over-burdened National Grid from new infrastructure such as the 2012 London Olympic Games, the result could well be a greater number of blackouts or smaller scale fluctuations in power supplies, which will affect most IT infrastructure within a business. Blackouts are expensive for businesses. On average, each hour of a blackout costs:

    • £2 for a residential household
    • £800 for SMEs
    • £8,500 for large industrial and commercial organisations

    But businesses can avoid these costs. There are many standby power systems available on the market today, which use uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) with alternative sources of power such as batteries, generators, fuel cells or flywheels to

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  2. Standby power: the basics

    Could you run your business without any power?

    Most businesses today are completely dependent on having a reliable source of electricity in order to function normally. But it's not just complete

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