Server Room Organization - The First Step in Maintaining a Healthy Network

by BlogAdmin 13. July 2011 16:07

There is no denying that wireless technologies throughout the years have provided numerous benefits, not the least of which, are reduced cable clutter hidden behind desks, work stations, and equipment. But while reaping the benefits of an organized work floor, it is also important that one not forget the heart of the operation - the structure of the server room. Sever rooms with little or no regard for cable organization can quickly become a nightmare. A lack of planning can eventually turn an orderly environment into a cabling disaster! The good news is, that this is completely avoidable. By pre-planning the structure of your sever room with help from these easy-to-follow tips it is possible to achieve a secure, well organized server room.

  1. Choose the right server room - when deciding on a location for your server room take into consideration:
    Room Size - will you have adequate space for current needs and potential expandability?
    Location - are you central to all computers on the network and in an area free of traffic and environmental hazards?
    Ventilation - cooling and ventilation is more important in a server room than other rooms because of the extra heat generated by the computer equipment. Additional air-conditioning or ventilation ducts may be required to keep the server room environment comfortable, not only for human operators, but also for temperature sensitive equipment.
  2. Server Room Layout - Be sure your server room has enough space for all equipment and that cables and cable connections are easily accessible. Basic wiring should be stored either overhead or in the space under a raised floor to prevent tangles and provide a safe working area.
  3. Cable Management - Neat and easily identified cables help simplify troubleshooting. Most computer server racks provide some method of cable management, either through use of cable raceways, metal loops, or closed cable channels. Nylon cable ties are also an effective way to gather loose cables and differentiate between different wiring segments in your network.
  4. Security - Controlled access to a server room is critical. To prevent any unwanted activity with your network implement passwords on all systems and consider locked or restricted access to server rooms.

By following these simple guidelines and practicing good housekeeping, your server room can easily become your first defense when establishing the basis of a healthy network.

NEMA AC Input and Output Connector Styles….. Are You Confused?

by Jennifer, Inside Sales Associate 6. July 2011 08:35

If you find yourself confused about what NEMA AC input and output connector styles exist, you’re not alone.  It can truly be confusing to the untrained eye.

Different types of AC input and output connectors are designed to address various wiring systems. Each unique design also aids in the area of safety, as only the appropriate plug will fit into the proper receptacle. For example, the 5-20R outlet is capable of accepting the 5-20P as well as the 5-15P. However, the 5-20P will not connect to a 5-15R. A quick reference guide is provided below to serve as a helpful tool in clearing up some of that confusion.

**Fields highlighted in yellow are 3Ø∆; Fields highlighted in green are 3ØY

Don’t Just Settle for a Power Distribution Solution….

by Ken, Sales Manager 27. June 2011 09:24

Looking for a PDU to fit your project’s requirements?  Needing something a little different than the normal off-the-shelf solution?  Yes, there are manufacturers that are able to tailor a solution that can fulfill your particular requirements.  What are the key questions to ask a PDU manufacturer when looking for this type of solution?


  1. What are your company’s capabilities?

  2. Does your company complete the design and engineering work in-house?

  3. Is your company experienced in providing both AC & DC solutions?;

  4. Are your products UL listed?.

  5. Does your company have a minimum purchase amount for a customized solution?.

  6. Can your company provide examples of customized solutions that you have manufactured?

It’s important to remember that there are companies such as API Power & Systems Solutions that have the engineering and manufacturing capabilities/expertise to provide solutions that are designed to fit your needs rather than you trying to fit someone’s off-the-shelf solution…..always be sure to weigh your options and don’t settle for less!

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“K.I.S.S. – Keep It Safe and Sound” Safety Tips for Surge Protectors and Power Strips

by Jennifer, Inside Sales Associate 30. May 2011 01:55

Surge Protectors and Power Strips each have very distinct functions. Surge protectors are devices designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. A power strip is a strip of electrical sockets that may be attached to the end of a flexible cable and allows multiple devices to be plugged in.

Every year thousands of injuries, fires, and deaths occur from surge protectors and power strips.
Below is a list of suggestions to help keep you safe and prevent a fire.

  1. Surge protectors and power strips are not a substitute for permanent wiring.

  2. Use care when inserting or removing a plug from an outlet. If you make contact with live prongs, it could result in electric shock

  3. Never plug a power strip or surge protector into an existing power strip or surge protector. This is also called “daisy chaining”

  4. Examine your surge protector or power strip on a regular basis to ensure that it is not hot, damaged, or has frayed wires.

  5. Never tape or staple a power strip or surge protector down.

  6. A surge protector or power strip should not be exposed to a moist environment unless it is specified by the manufacturer.

  7. When taking the plug out of the outlet, pull from the plug. Do not pull from the cord.

  8. Make a habit of unplugging it when it is not being used.

  9. Never cover a power strip or surge protector with anything that may prevent air circulation.

  10. If you have any questions regarding the proper operating procedure for a power strip or surge protector, do not hesitate to reach out to someone with experience and knowledge.
    You are always better safe than sorry

Custom Design Rack Mount Power and PDUs - SPMS Strives to Make Life Easier One Design at a Time

by BlogAdmin 18. May 2011 09:18

As experience demonstrates, not all off-the-shelf solutions are created the same.  A growing number of military, industrial, and federal IT applications now necessitate the need for precise power requirements that are not always easy to come by.

For this reason, API Power & Systems Solutions has created an interactive series of "Design Your Own Tools," aimed to make the custom design process easy and enjoyable for all users, and ensure their unique needs are met without the headache and confusion of intense product search.

The  "Design Your Own Rack Mount Power Strip," and "Design Your Own Three Phase PDU," tools were introduced to the SPMS website earlier this year and offer a quick, interactive menu of options allowing the user to select his or her preferences in a number of categories or enter a unique parameter. The tool offers helpful charts and visuals to enhance the process as it moves along, and upon completion, generates a full information table outlining the needs of the user. The table can then be printed and shared or submitted to an SPMS representative who will contact the user to initiate the design process.

SPMS is committed to customer fulfillment and strives to make their client's interactions as simple and satisfying as possible. Please contact an SPMS representative with any questions.

Will Direct Current Power Conserve Energy in Data Centers?

by BlogAdmin 10. May 2011 15:36

It is estimated that companies could save billions of dollars each year by using all DC distribution in their data centers and servers. Utilizing direct current power eliminates the conversion process of AC to DC power, ultimately, reducing electricity consumption and conserving greater energy.

API Power Systems & Solutions is proud to have been included in Project GreenLight's recent DC energy studies conducted at the University of California, San Diego. With the help of Direct Power Technologies, the 74D-160FRLGN-00 380V DC Rack Mount Power Strip was featured as an energy saving DC solution in the experiments. To read the full article and view results visit:

http://www.calit2.net/newsroom/release.php?id=1730

Project GreenLight is a National Science Foundation-funded initiative committed to helping researchers build greener IT systems and software.

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