What Are Surge Protector Joules and How Many Do I Need?

Among the factors to consider when choosing a surge protector—how many outlets, the optimal cord length and options such as protection for a coaxial cable connection—perhaps the most important factor is the surge protector’s joule rating.


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What’s the Difference Between 24 AWG, 26 AWG and 28 AWG Network Cables?

When shopping for Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat6a network cables, you may notice an AWG specification printed on the cable jacket, like 24 AWG. The AWG stands for American Wire Gauge, a standardized system...

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How Do You Choose Between the Different Types of PDUs?

Growing demand for computing power and constraints on physical space have led to even more densely packed rack enclosures. As the number of rack-mounted servers, blade servers, network switches...

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Tags: Data Center, Power Distribution Units (PDUs), Choosing a PDU, Selecting a PDU, Types of PDUs, PDU Selection

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...

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What’s the Difference Between Basic and Smart PDUs?

A rack power distribution unit (PDU) is a device with multiple outlets designed to distribute power to networking equipment within a rack, including servers, storage devices and other...

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What’s the Difference between a KVM Switch and a Console Server?

KVM switches and console servers are both powerful tools for any data center or network closet, but their similar function often causes confusion. To put it in simple terms, there are two main...

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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...

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Tags: UPS Systems, Data Center, Power Management, Eliminate Service Calls, Hidden Costs of UPS Service and Maintenance Calls, UPS Maintenance, UPS Service

The Many Uses of KVM Switches

KVM Switches are used in IT environments across a wide range of industries for benefits ranging from reducing desktop clutter to enabling remote access of network devices. If you haven’t...

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How Load Ramping Protects Data Center Power Systems from Inrush Overloads

Load ramping is an advanced feature of switched power distribution units (PDUs) and is used to protect data center power systems from inrush-related overloads by customizing the turn-on sequence...

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Event Logging: An Essential Tool for Troubleshooting Power Problems

Power events such as transients can last only microseconds while other power disturbances (e.g., blackouts, brownouts, sags, etc.) may persist for only milliseconds. Both are much shorter than...

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Tags: Data Center, Power Management, Troubleshooting Power Problems

Four Benefits of High-Density Fiber Patch Panel Solutions

With new advances in networking technology, such as the introduction of 40Gbps switches, as well as the 100/120Gbps switches in the not too distant future, IT professionals will be confronted...

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Tags: Data Center, Fiber Cassette, Bandwidth, Ethernet Gigabit, Patch Panel


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