A cheap power strip might protect equipment from power surges, but it does nothing to help when the power goes out and your computers and servers come to a halting crash. For that, you’ll want a battery backup, also known as an uninterruptible power supply (or UPS).
In the middle of updating a key document, the power goes out and your computer shuts down without warning. Result is – you lose all your changes to that important document. Has this ever happened to you?
At the bare minimum, you need enough juice in your UPS unit to give your computer system adequate time to shut down properly. That’s the absolute acceptable minimum. If your UPS unit doesn’t have enough juice to provide for the system from the moment the power cuts out until the moment it has successfully shut down, you’re risking damage to the machine and data loss.