Which of the following environmental controls is appropriate to protect computer equipment against
short-term reductions in electrical power?
Power line conditioners
Surge protective devices
Alternative power supplies
Interruptible power supplies
Power line conditioners are used to compensate for peaks and valleys in the power supply and
reduce peaks in the power flow to what is needed by the machine. Any valleys are removed by
power stored in the equipment. Surge protection devices protect against high- voltage bursts.
Alternative power supplies are intended for computer equipment running for longer periods and are
normally coupled with other devices such as an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to compensate
for the power loss until the alternate power supply becomes available. An interruptible power supply
would cause the equipment to come down whenever there was a power failure.