5 Questions to Consider When Choosing a UPS System

Choosing the right UPS System can be a daunting task for even the most knowledgeable IT professional. Here are five basic questions you should ask to give you peace of mind knowing you made the right decision.

Do I need a Network/Server UPS or a Desktop UPS? [Read more…]

Managing High-Density Cabling in Rack Environments

I think it’s safe to say that cable clutter is a major problem in most data center or server room rack environments, but how do we fix it?

First, let’s talk about how cables get to the rack. If you have a raised floor, it may seem convenient to route cables under the floor and bring them through the bottom of the rack. The problem is that most people use that under-floor space to route cold air when using a hot-aisle, cold-aisle setup. Cables are not only going to block the flow of cold air, they’re also going to reduce the efficiency of our cold air delivery system another way by causing leaks where they come up through the floor. So if you can avoid routing cables under the floor, that’s what you want to do. [Read more…]

Considering a Wall-Mount Rack? Here are 5 Convincing Facts

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1. You can secure equipment in minimal space
Wall-mount rack cabinets are perfect for housing equipment like servers and audio/video consoles in rooms with limited floor space like wiring closets. They come with adjustable vertical mounting rails with square holes that accommodate all standard 19‑inch rack equipment, and sturdy steel frames are rated up to 250 lb. Plus, you don’t have to worry about unwanted access because you can protect equipment with a hinged wall-bracket lock. [Read more…]

Which Ethernet Cable Should You Use — Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat6a?

The decision of whether to use Category 5e, 6 or 6a cables to wire your Ethernet network pretty much comes down to cost, data transfer speed and connection distance. All use RJ45 connectors to patch into your network via server, router, computer or other hardware. As well, all support Power over Ethernet (PoE). Otherwise, each cable has a different standard. [Read more…]

PDU Power Management – Local Views with Remote Possibilities

Remote-PowerSometimes, let me rephrase that, most of the time, the network administrator has more than just the data center to manage (i.e. network closets, user systems, etc.) and if he only has local metering, he may not know when a particular load is exceeding capacity if he is not physically in the data center location. What can help with this? On-the-go power monitoring, or as the technical crowd calls it, remote power management, can help! Right away if you’re the network administrator your mind jumps to getting things done quickly and efficiently. To know your power needs, you have to have devices in place that can be monitored and managed remotely. This not only goes for the UPS, but also their output distribution sources such as PDUs. Having intelligent PDUs with remote monitoring and management brings certain advantages to the table depending on the functionality that you require. What are they? [Read more…]