The importance of highly resilient UPS systems in the financial services sector

The primary function of any UPS system is to provide a reliable source of power in the event of a catastrophic loss of mains electricity.

Typically, above a certain level, the UPS will also operate in conjunction with a standby diesel generator, which once operational will take over from the UPS and maintain the power supply until the mains power is restored.

The justification behind this type of investment is fairly simple – the cost incurred from a loss of power and the resulting business interruption is significantly greater than the cost of the system put in place to guard against it.

Finance institutions are becoming increasingly dependent on data centres and cloud storage as customers continue to shift to online banking and smartphone banking through apps versus the traditional cashier. All of this data depends on continuous power to keep the servers up and running at all times.

Banks dependent on highly resilient business infrastructure systems and services. UPS’s are therefore a vital and fundamental component of this. A key consideration for this type of installation is the need to maintain high availability. Alongside this, other considerations may include the requirement to reduce ongoing costs, increase energy efficiency and have the flexibility to support the growth of the business infrastructure and services in the future.

Consumers are especially sensitive to the perceived security of their data and the competence of institutions in safeguarding their personal information, so the minimisation of downtime due to technical issues is doubly important.

While the ease of use in interacting with a cloud-based data centre can seem effortless for the end user; businesses who provide the experience know that cloud solutions require investments in hardware and operations in order to remain secure, reliable, and accessible at all times. The modern digital equipment employs microprocessors that run at frequencies of up to several gigahertz, carrying out millions of operations per second.

Our range of UPS, generators and emergency lighting products are ideally suited to financial service applications, and we deliver to and support many of the largest financial services organisations in the UK such as the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Our work with RBS, including the scope of work and solution can be read here.

At KUP we understand that the key challenges in financial services power protection include the new guidance and regulations on business resilience and impact tolerances due from the Bank of England PRC via CP29/19. In addition, we understand challenges with space, floor loading and providing suitable environments for batteries, UPS systems and generators even with strict noise, access and pollution restrictions.

Our UPS systems range from modular three-phase units through to standalone models and compact single-phase UPS and UPS designed to handle regenerative loads from lifts. Complementing these are kite-marked, performance-tested static inverters for emergency lighting systems and a range of compact, quiet and efficient generators, which complete the portfolio, whilst our own team of engineers are there to support them nationwide, 24/7, 365 days a year.

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