January 17, 2012

Almost as good as Chocolate and Peanut Butter... our Rack + UPS combos

Hey you got your chocolate in my peanut butter.   No you got your peanut butter in my chocolate...

Well maybe not as iconic as that combo, but UPS units with Network cabinets is just as a perfect fit.  We start off with 2 based on some recent requests from our customers. 

The first was built to clean up a customer' crazy server cabinet. They had a voice mail server and a phone system nestled on a old printer cart in a coat closet.  Now with the QUC1422 Combo they have a nice looking system they can proud of

The second was to handle a friend's DVR video surveillance system.  He needed an attractive package for his customer.  Presto the QUC1822 was born.  Combining the extended run Tripplite 2200va UPS with the lockable cabinet made for successful and clean installation.  Plus 8hrs backup time closed the deal.

View both and more future combinations here

January 15, 2012

Wesworth Venture Number XI: Solar-Gro

Frequent followers know Wesworth seems to do alot of different things.

We started with simple electric, added energy savings systems,  bucket truck services, motor control, UPSes, lighting fixtures, a California branch, B2B power quality, contract engineering, metal fabrication, and now Solar power systems.

And like many of other previous ventures (Infinergy, NightOwl, ITSpm, Neg-a-Watt, Greenlight, 415UPS, 2ndGrid, GreenlightLABS) this one has its on catchy name... Solar-Gro.

Solar-Gro is a partnership with our friends at the Urban Farmer in Pompano to sell a solar panel kit for a farming system called Verti-Gro.  We are just beginning production, but its an exciting niche to service as solar is becoming more attractive.

Learn more about our friends at the Urban Farmer at their site... and more about Solar-Gro project at www.YourSolar-Gro.com  (coming soon)

January 13, 2012

3phase Power Misconceptions: Circuit Watts

Recently, we have been recommending more 3phase power solutions for people.  Frequently, the mere mention of a 3phase UPS creates fear and confusion.  Part of the problem is that 3phase UPS units were expensive to buy and even more expensive to maintain.  We still have business affiliates that make most of their money on service contacts on these older beasts.

Today's 3phase is cheaper, expandable, and near maintenance free.  But before you make the jump to the Symmetra PX 40... lets consider one aspect of 3phase.... CIRCUIT WATTS

  • 3phase is a method delivering power... what it ultimately delivers is still watts.  There is no difference between a 3phase phase watt and single phase watt.
  • Since watts are a result of volts x amps.... if you need more watts you must increase voltage and or amps.
  • And since your amperage is fixed at your panel or building, upping voltage is the best way to get more watts.
  • But if you are already running at high voltage and amperage is maxed... your only option is to goto 3phase.
Consider a 30amp circuit to a rack.  Notice how upping the voltage and phase delivers more watts or power.
  • At 120volt... your 30amp circuit provides 2.88kw
  • At 208volt... the 30amp circuit provides 4.99kw
  • At 3phase 208v... that same circuit provides 8.64kw
Just this one aspect gives you a glimpse of why 3phase power is seen by IT providers as the more effective way of delivering the wattage you need to your IT system.

January 4, 2012

UPS and Electrical Ideas for Colocation Center

Since we offer affordable racks, UPSes, accessories AND have a state license in electrical... many customers ask us for advice on various IT projects.

This week, we put together some thoughts on setting up a colo rack.   Unlike a personal or commercial server system, a Colo center needs full automated control and monitoring and scalability for several clients.   This location had a generator, so they only need 5-10mins of uptime.

This simple design begins with a 25U rack and outlines the electrical, UPS and PDU features needed.  The full details are here in our library and large pix here

Some of the equipment suggested.... about $1600
  • UPS - 3000va 120v - (302b)
  • PDU Backplate Option - (plate2l30)
  • PDU - 30amp 120v - (dm230)
  • Bypass - 30am 120v - (sbp3k)
  • Cabinet - 25U - (rk25t)