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What is Computer Power Management?

What Can Computer Power Management Tools Do For Your Organization?

Computer power management tools are essential to ensure that all of your organization’s computers and other electronic equipment have constant and stable power. In addition to getting power to essential equipment, there are power management tools to help your staff stay productive through blackouts, surges, spikes, and incompatible power sources. For more information on how power management tools can benefit your organization, see the brief descriptions of each below.

Power Strips

A basic building block for powering multiple computers and devices, a power strip can split one power outlet into multiple outlets. They can run the gamut from simple to feature packed, with additional capabilities such as surge suppression and power distribution. Ensure that all your organization’s offices have sufficient outlets for the computers, monitorsprinters, and scanners that they use.

Power Inverters

These tools can be extremely useful for laptop users, as they be used to adapt direct current (DC) electricity to fit a laptop’s needs. All computers require alternating current (AC) power to function, which isn’t an issue as all wall outlets provide AC power. However, power provided by a car, boat, or airplane is DC. This can be a problem for professionals that frequently travel with their laptops, as they may want to charge their computers while traveling. A power inverter can be used to convert that DC power into computer-friendly AC power.

Surge Suppressors

A surge suppressor (sometimes also called a surge protector) is a device that protects equipment from fluctuations in an AC power source. Sudden power surges and spikes can cause computer hardware to malfunction and even permanent damage. A surge suppressor prevents surges and spikes by shorting to ground excess voltages above a safe threshold. That safe threshold is given as a rating by the manufacturer, so be sure that your equipment is compatible before using one.

Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)

In addition to causing work stoppage, sudden loss of power can also result in work lost because you haven’t had time to save the latest changes to a document. Uninterruptible power supplies are computer power management tools used to ensure that connected electronic devices can function briefly off battery reserves. While they don’t have unlimited reserves, they can let your staff save their work and properly power down their devices until electricity comes back. Even if your organization utilizes generators, it can take time for them to start and provide power. During that delay, uninterruptible power supplies can supply power until the generators take over.

Power Distribution Units (PDU)

Commonly referred to as PDUs, they are devices that distribute power to multiple computers. At its simplest, a PDU can be as basic as a power strip. They can also refer to more elaborate computer power management systems that provide power outlets in data centers for server/workstation systems and other IT equipment. In datacenters, rackmount PDUs (also known as smart PDUs) are complex pieces of equipment capable of controlling power output to specific outlets.

Final Words

Proper computer power management is essential for all organizations that utilize computers, so ensure that you have the right power management tools. In addition to enabling your organization to expand its number of power outlets, computer power management tools are like insurance against power outages.