Which Type of UPS System Works Best with a Generator?

Do you have a generator to supply power during a lengthy blackout? You’ll get the most out of it if you connect your generator to a UPS system. But there’s more than one kind of UPS – it’s important to choose the right type of system so it will play nicely with your generator power. [Read more…]

How Energy-Saving UPS System Outlet Technology Works

Let’s not forget that just because green, desktop UPS systems save energy doesn’t mean they sacrifice power protection. Here’s how green outlet technology works. [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…]

Preparing Your Data Network for VoIP

If you’re switching to VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), you’ll need to prepare your data network for real-time voice traffic so that users experience good call quality.

VoIP_000012037241When an email or a web page travels across your network, you want the data to arrive quickly, but it isn’t a disaster if there’s a slight delay. If the data is streaming video, buffering can cover most network hiccups and prevent the end users from noticing a problem. However, phone communication is less forgiving to delays because a phone call is conducted in real-time. Since a VoIP phone call is not pre-recorded, the data network cannot rely on buffering to maintain call quality. With real-time voice traffic, even small errors or delays in a VoIP phone call can result in poor call quality. [Read more…]

Bypass Systems Ensure Uptime During UPS Maintenance Calls

You’ve just purchased a UPS service contract and are now breathing a sigh of relief that if your UPS goes down, you’re covered for even a catastrophic failure. Well, you may want to take another look at the fine print of the contract again to see exactly what your contract covers. Coverage levels vary, and contracted response times can be as low as 2 hours to as long as 24 hours. Can your network users handle even a one hour loss of service? Not likely. [Read more…]