With the country facing the unknown of load shedding, we are sure you are finding the ups and downs of the electricity crisis as unproductive as we are!
Luckily we are here to help you! Our awesome team at RSAWEB have put together our top five tips to help your business survive load shedding.
1. Place your Internet router/LAN switch & wireless access points on an ‘Uninterrupted Power Supply’ (UPS).
This can be done fairly easily, as this equipment typically doesn’t draw much power.
A small UPS should last a few hours – at least long enough for the power to come back on.
If you have wireless access points deployed in your office these can be powered by ‘Power Over Ethernet’ (POE) from a central point, making it easy to keep a wireless network online across a larger office when the lights go out.
2. Move critical staff members onto laptops.
Laptop batteries should buy you hours of productive work during load shedding times.
3. Don’t try and run your own data centre – rather make use of a cloud server.
Servers on site in your office are an accident waiting to happen!
Powering a server throughout load shedding requires installing expensive large UPS’s and generators.
Our advice: Rather make use of inexpensive cloud servers that liberate you from managing server hardware and server environments.
4. Move email offsite
Hosted email like Hosted Exchange or Hosted Zimbra means your email server lives in an ISP’s datacenter and is not affected by power outages.
This will also mean that even if your office is down you can still receive email on your mobile phone or laptop.
5. Consult your local municipality’s website and plan your day around outages.
Eskom and your municipality have detailed plans available so you won’t be caught off guard when the power goes off.
6) Get a MiFi (a wireless router that acts as mobile Wi-Fi hotspot) with mobile 3G data.
You can then work anywhere without the need for power and a wired internet connection.