When APC began selling power protection equipment, networking was in its infancy. Most computer users were still transferring data on the 'sneaker net' using 512k floppy disks. As networking began to evolve, users began to use linked PCs to share files and print documents, which gradually increased the importance of the computers and equipment upon which these tasks were transacted. Still, the number of people protecting the hardware and data with UPSs was small.
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