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More ups than downs from UPSs

Complementing its recent acquisition of the Dell brand of server, storage, desktop PC and notebook hardware, Tarsus Technologies has announced the local availability of Dell’s range of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and power distribution units (PDU). These units are said to be easy to use and easy to diagnose should a problem occur.

‚The availability of Dell’s PDU and UPS ranges locally allows customers to more accurately specify their power distribution and backup power requirements by matching Dell server and storage hardware with Dell approved, recommended and tested power solutions,‚ says Terence Barter, Dell product manager at Tarsus Technologies.

Barter says that this is because Dell’s power solutions are built on core technology from power management company Eaton and as such are rated by wattage so that customers can more easily select the best UPS model required for their IT environment.

Besides the convenience factor, Barter says that Dell’s power solutions have been designed to offer customers the highest level of reliability and peace-of-mind.

‚Dell’s line-interactive UPS products (500W to 5600W) are most effective against the four most common power problems, namely power failures, power sags, power surges and under-voltage. They are built to run at 95 to 98 percent efficiency and for this reason consume less power, dissipate less heat and reduce cooling costs,‚ he says.

Dell’s on-line double conversion UPS models (2700W to 5600W) on the other hand provide both power backup and power conditioning.

‚With a wide input voltage range, the Dell UPS does not depend on batteries to smooth out minor power fluctuations. Batteries are conserved for those times when utility power is highly unstable or completely out.

‚That way, if an outage occurs, the Dell UPS transfers to battery with zero interruption in power, making this an ideal UPS for sensitive and critical equipment,‚ he explains.

Barter says that Dell UPS systems also contain the same feature-rich graphical LCD display as Dell servers, giving IT staff access to real-time load levels, actual battery runtimes and a service fault description.

‚On-site users can utilise this feature to configure and monitor the many features of the Dell UPS using a large, bright, backlit display with easy navigation,‚ he says.

‚Add a Dell network management card and the bundled Dell UPS suite of power management software to the mix and IT departments are granted superior control and visibility over their deployed UPS fleet, using an intuitive, graphical interface and SNMP.

‚For example, this allows IT staff to establish a prioritised shutdown of network devices and client/server applications, test all networked UPS systems from one node, analyse trends and network conditions, and stay informed of power problems by pager and email,‚ he adds.

‚Unlike the approach that many other large IT brands take ‚ re-branding third party hardware as their own ‚ Dell has put a great deal of time, effort and engineering into the development of its UPS and PDU range,‚ he concludes.

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