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A Fast, Easy Way to Add More Monitors to Your Computer

Ever wish you had more than one monitor connected to your computer… one to read emails, one for the Internet, maybe one to edit spreadsheets? Studies have shown that multiple monitors can increase productivity and with the low cost of today’s monitors, having multiple screens is more affordable than ever.

But figuring out what internal slots you have available, or in the case of laptops… no slots, can be mind numbing, and opening a PC to add an internal card can be cumbersome.

Here’s a quick and easy solution: USB to External Video Adapters! These little adapters require no power supply and set up easily with a quick driver installation… up to six can be added to a single computer. Adapters come in USB to VGA, USB to VGA/DVI Combo, and USB to HDMI  (stream a laptop to an HDMI TV!).

Hot-Swappable UPS Systems: The Key to Zero Downtime

Energy-Saving UPS Systems: Save Energy, Lower Utility Bills & Protect the Environment

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Whenever the topic of saving money is brought up, most people’s ears perk up. In the case of managing power usage of your personal or office computer, cost-savings is as easy as plugging in your equipment. Energy-saving UPS Systems use less electricity than standard UPS systems you typically find on the market. With innovative Green Outlet technology and up to 99% efficiency, energy-saving UPS systems can reduce your electric bill by up to $50 per year!

Save Money
Every power adapter and glowing LED represents a potential “phantom load”… electricity wasted by an unused device, even when it appears to be turned off. Energy-saving UPS systems completely disconnect phantom loads from power by automatically turning off energy-saving outlets when your computer shuts down or enters standby. Other outlets stay on to support devices that operate continuously, such as wireless routers and broadband modems.

Shrink Your Carbon Footprint
Over a five-year period, a single Energy-Saving UPS System can shrink your carbon footprint 3,152 pounds and conserve 2,352 kilowatt-hours of electricity. That’s enough energy to power a compact
fluorescent light bulb for 20 years! Energy-saving UPS systems are also RoHS compliant and use recyclable, CFC-free packaging designed to reduce waste. Successful recycling initiatives allow most components to reenter the supply chain instead of landfills.

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6 Steps to Improve Data Center Cooling Efficiency

CoolingEnergy efficiency in the data center used to be an afterthought, if it was on the radar at all. It made sense at the time. If your data center felt uncomfortably cold, people were impressed. It was considered a sign that you were doing a good job keeping servers from overheating. Rack densities were lower, electricity was cheaper and nobody was paying attention to the electric bill.

Today, data center managers need to keep a close eye on energy costs. According to the Uptime Institute’s 2011 Data Center Survey, 97 percent of respondents said reducing energy use was either “somewhat” or “very” important, and 87 percent said the primary motivation was cost reduction. An Uptime Institute study also found that up to 70 percent of data center energy use is for cooling and air handling, so increasing cooling efficiency is vital to reducing costs. Start with the low-hanging fruit. You’ll be surprised how much you can save with a few simple steps.

1. Implement Hot-Aisle/Cold-Aisle
You don’t need to keep your data center at meat locker temperatures. Instead, concentrate on removing hot air from the room before it recirculates. Separating hot and cold air is the key to cooling efficiency. Start by arranging racks in rows so the fronts face each other in cold aisles and the backs face each other in hot aisles. That prevents servers from drawing in hot air from servers in the adjacent row. According to studies by TDI Data Centers, hot-aisle/cold-aisle configurations can reduce energy use up to 20%.

2. Install Blanking Panels
Blocking off unused rack spaces isn’t just cosmetic. It forces cold air through your servers and prevents hot air from recirculating through the enclosure. If you look, you can find blanking panels that snap into place without tools, saving significant installation time.

3. Organize Cables
Tangled cables block airflow. They prevent efficient cold air distribution under raised floors and cause heat to build up inside enclosures. In raised-floor environments, move cabling to overhead cable managers. Inside enclosures, use high-capacity cable managers to organize patch cables.

4. Replace Inefficient UPS Systems
Removing unnecessary heat sources helps cool the room. Replace traditional on-line UPS systems with energy-saving models to increase efficiency and reduce heat output, especially where redundant UPS systems operate below full capacity.

5. Use Close-Coupled Cooling
Gartner Group reports that close-coupled cooling increases efficiency compared to traditional perimeter and/or raised floor systems. Close-coupled cooling allows you to focus cooling where it’s needed most without lowering the temperature of the entire room. The modular nature of close-coupled cooling also allows data center managers to quickly reconfigure cooling to handle new equipment or overheating racks.

Some companies offer close-coupled cooling solutions that are completely self-contained and can be installed by IT staff without costly contractors, plumbing, piping, special ductwork, floor drains, water tanks or extra parts.

6. Isolate and Remove Hot Air Cooling
Thermal duct rack enclosures route hot air through an overhead duct to the HVAC or CRAC return air stream. They isolate hot air so it can’t recirculate in the room. Convection forces hot air up through the duct, like a chimney, and positive pressure in the room and negative pressure in the plenum increase airflow.

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