UPS for PC - Battery power for Server

Hi,
I have a basic server in the garage that I use for streaming and backup of data.  Where I live, when there is high winds, the power flickers and then switches off the server.

I am looking for a small batter pack that is able to keep the power on the server going for a short while and if possible, once that has run out.... shutdown gracefully.

Any suggestions?  Looking for something cost effective.

Cheers
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Syed_M_UsmanConnect With a Mentor System AdministratorCommented:
if you have budget you can also consider APC....

http://www.apc.com
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Glen KnightCommented:
I would suggest a small UPS with power management software.

For example: http://www.belkin.com/uk/support/article/?lid=enu&pid=F6H500ukUNV&aid=6158&scid=2
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Gary CaseConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
Difficult to suggest a specific model without more details on the server, as the power requirements of the server dictate the size of UPS you'll need.    But in general you just need a good quality UPS (be sure to get one with AVR) with sufficient capacity to run the server for a few minutes and then automatically shut down.    Any good APC, CyberPower, or TrippLite unit will do the job.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
I noted the post above suggesting a Belkin unit -- I'd avoid them.    While it may be different in European countries, Belkin discontinued their UPS business about two years ago in the US, which does not bode well for continued support elsewhere.
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Glen KnightCommented:
Fair enough.  I've always found their professional ones to be reliable.
They do still sell them in the UK and they are cheap enough.
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amacfarlAuthor Commented:
thanks all for the quick advice.

I have a couple of questions... I seen how much time the battery packs give... and it is not a lot.  10 mins on average.

How does the computer know that it is on battery and should shutdown gracefully?
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Glen KnightCommented:
You would have some software on the computer that monitors the power, the battery is normally (these days) attached via a USB so that it can be monitored.
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Syed_M_UsmanSystem AdministratorCommented:
Dear all smart ups shiped with software, once you connect your server with ups (direct,, serial or usb) or install software on the server, software will get inofrmation from ups that main supply is down and based on your configration the software or ups will execute shoutdown command on your server..

in my case i have apc and my policy says once battery reach 50% shutdown all serevrs except application serevr and primary domian controller. so ups gracefully shotdown all servers execpt 2 exclusions.
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CallandorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I have used APC and CyberPower units rated around 750VA and have been satisfied with them.  New ones use USB rather than serial ports and come with monitoring software.  If you need longer run times, you should get a unit with a higher rating - APC has a calculator that you can use: http://www.apc.com/tools/ups_selector/
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amacfarlAuthor Commented:
Purchased APC and it working very well.  Many thanks
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