If your company rents, owns or has a collocated data center, you have probably heard the term “UPS” before. No, we’re not talking about the package delivery company. We’re talking about an uninterruptible power supply, one of the most essential elements of any data center. The name uninterruptible power supply is not deceiving, it allows you to supply uninterruptible power to your data center at all times. This is imperative in power outages or crises. But here are some things you may not know about the elusive UPS.

1. Your UPS Supports A Wider Variety Of Devices Than You Think

You may be wondering what devices a UPS supports. There are so many! Here are some of the most fundamental data center equipment and devices that your uninterruptible power supply supports:

  • PCs
  • Mainframes
  • Servers
  • Data Centers
  • VoIP
  • PBX
  • Phone System
  • ATM
  • ABM
  • A wide range of Telecom Equipment
  • Cash Registers
  • Debit Machines
  • Other Point Of Sale Equipment

Because many hospital devices are essentially computers, these devices are also supported by UPSs. Some of them literally save peoples’ lives.

  • Heart Lung Machines
  • Dialysis Machines
  • IV Pumps
  • Ventilators
  • A wide range of Lifesaving and life support machines

People who need constant life support and care rely on uninterruptible power supplies to keep their devices working, regardless of any infrastructure crises.

2. Your UPS Goes By Several Aliases

Your UPS can be referred to by many different names. Here are some of the most common names for a UPS.

  • Uninterruptible Power Source
  • Uninterrupted Power Supply
  • UPS Backup
  • Battery Backup
  • Power Backup

So, if you hear salespeople or tech employees use any of these terms, you know they’re referring to an uninterruptible power supply.

3. Its Inventor Is A Mystery And Its First Official Name Was A Failure

No one person can lay claim to inventing the first UPS, however a man names John Hanley was first to patent one. He called that device an “Apparatus for maintaining an unfailing and uninterrupted supply of electrical energy.” This proved to be too long and cumbersome to say. It was later shortened to “uninterruptible power supply,” then shortened even further to “UPS.” These are much easier to say (and much shorter)!

There Are Many More Things You Still Don’t Know About UPSs

But, rest assured, Critical Power Products and Services knows uninterruptible power supplies. Their team can offer useful information about this essential data center and business tool. Contact us to find out more about how an uninterruptible power supply can help your business.