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Reaping the rewards of remote UPS monitoring With Covid-19 restrictions likely to remain in place for weeks or even months to come, Chris Cutler, Riello UPS business development manager, explains why remote UPS monitoring remains more important than ever.

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or many businesses, 2020 marked what is likely to become a permanent shift from analogue to digital, with the cloud becoming the key tool in keeping teams connected. Data centre operators have demonstrated incredible adaptability and resilience meeting this rising demand during the coronavirus crisis, as companies and communities have become increasingly reliant on online solutions in both their professional and personal lives. The sector has had to do all this while coping with reduced staffing levels, complying with ever-changing government guidance, and committing to making their facilities Covid-secure. It’s likely that restricted site access, social distancing and other safety precautions are here to stay, in the short-to-medium term at the very least. Limited physical access to sites makes the ability to remotely monitor crucial infrastructure and equipment almost priceless. For the essential UPS systems safeguarding data centres from damaging downtime, cloud-based remote monitoring provides the equivalent protection of

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