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Recommendations for UPS/PDU system

Recommendations for UPS/PDU system

Recommendations for UPS/PDU system

(OP)
I am new to power management and i hope that someone here can help me. I am ordering about 15 new servers which are all a mix of 120V and 208V. I would like to be able to make use of a PDU so that i can physically power on and power off systems remotely if need be. We also need to make use of a UPS so that we can have the systems up for at least 2 minutes until our generator kicks on. Is it as simple as plugging the PDU's into the UPS and managing the systems that way? Or is there a UPS system out there that can handle all of this, either hardware or software based, so that i dont have to buy a PDU as well. Also all of the servers have dual power supplies and i would like to plug these into a different UPS as well for redundancy. Any suggestions are welcome.

-drew

RE: Recommendations for UPS/PDU system

First of all, I would run everything at high voltage to produce less heat and draw less amperage. If these are new servers, they should autosense the voltage. Secondly, you'll need to see how much va and amps each power supply will draw. Then you will match up the total va load with a little extra growing room, and also plugs on the back of the UPS to determine which model of PDU you will need. So for an example, if you have 15 servers with dual power supplies and each power supply draws 700W and 3.5Amps, you'll need 1000VA for each power supply connecting into a 16A or 24A PDU. So with a single 16A PDU, this will allow you to connect up to 4 power supplies (6 on a 24A, you do the math). Best thing to do is use a UPS selector like the one at APC's website. Put in the models of servers, how many power supplies, hard drives, etc..., state how long you want uptime (I believe minimum is 5 minutes) and if you want rack and/or redundant solutions and it will spit out a UPS solution (or state everthing has one power supply and multiply single solution by two). This will give you your power recepticle types to determine how many and which PDUs you will need (16A for the L6-20R and 24A for L6-30R).

RE: Recommendations for UPS/PDU system

You can plug the PDUs input to the UPSs output, no problem with that.
If you want the UPS to work with the backup generator it may be better if you choose On-Line UPSs (double or multiple conversion units).


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Joe
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jpm@ieee.org

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