Most companies are running electrical systems that not only breach European Union (EU) regulations but could cause kit in the same building to explode.
Speaking at NetEvents in Montreaux, Simon Brady, special programs manager at data back-up firm APC, explained that when his teams go into UK companies they are stunned at how many are using dangerous electrical supplies.
He said that tough new EU regulations demand that companies have harmonic readings below five per cent, but that these are mostly ignored. Harmonics are essentially electrical noise that causes back pressure to the rest of the circuit.
Brady pointed out that the biggest offender is uninterruptible power supply hardware, which is easy to test and fix.
"The only way that anyone finds out that a company is flouting the regulations is if someone in the same building complains to a power authority that they have exploding computers or flickering lights," he said.
Companies face stiff fines if their systems are found to be contravening the new regulations.
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