I don't know about you, but in all of the places where I have worked and consulted, there is at least one power outage per year. The likelihood is that it's in the middle of the night, when no one his working, but sometimes, it happens during the day shift near the end of the quarter. (Oh no! We won't make our arbitrary quarterly goal!)
But I am always astonished when customers or coworkers don't care about having a UPS in their test system. You can get a rack mount UPS for less than $500 (as low as $150) which would support all of the systems that I've worked on.
And with a UPS, you at least get a chance to abort any running tests and shut down your system safely. Most of them now have USB connections and software that automatically shut down your PC when the battery is low. How is this not worth the money?
Random bonus. If your system is on a wheeled rack, you can move it around your floor without actually cutting power, which is kind of a fun beat the clock activity.
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