Power Management Reviews
by Lyle Smith

Eaton 9PX3000RTN UPS Review

A few years ago, we reviewed the Eaton 9PX6K, a UPS from the company’s line of high-efficiency battery backups designed to protect medium-to-high-density IT equipment in computer rooms. Overall, we found that it offered comprehensive management and power protection and kept our lab tests running seamlessly. Earlier this year, the company released a broader range of models in the Eaton 9PX line, which consisted of devices that fit in a slightly smaller scope. Among these new models is the 2U 9PX3000RTN 3000VA 120V UPS, which we will be looking at today.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

SurgeX SX-20NE-RT-AR Branch Circuit Review

The SurgeX SX-20NE-RT-AR is a versatile branch-circuit surge eliminator highlighted by its ability to be managed and controlled remotely through a simple yet intuitive web interface. Featuring an AC surge eliminator and power conditioner, the SX-20NE-RT-AR supports up to 20A at 120V and provides admins with the option to remotely cycle power, rebooting any attached device, such as monitors, routers, and servers.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Eaton BladeUPS Power System Upgrade

Its been roughly one year since StorageReview overhauled its main lab, outfitted with Eaton S-Series racks, Eaton metered and managed G3 PDUs as well as an Eaton BladeUPS Power System. The BladeUPS Power System is unique in the datacenter space, where future expansions can be approached in a modular fashion and installed without calling in an electrician. While the original design offered 12kW of capacity, growth in the StorageReview lab has grown our power demands as well. In this In the Lab article we cover the installation and upgrade process of an additional 12kW Eaton BladeUPS power module.

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by Lyle Smith

SurgeX Axess Elite Review (SX-AX20E)

The SurgeX Axess Elite (SX-AX20E) is a single rack-space 120V 20 amp (also available in 15 amp) AC power conditioner that works as a web-enabled power conditioning and energy management system, offering businesses advanced energy management as well as much needed surge protection. SurgeX is widely known as the leader in power conditioning and surge protection technology for quite some time now, as their product line protects mission critical equipment from AC surges and electrical transients, all of which have potential to disrupt performance, reliability, and even do irreparable damage.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Eaton G3 Platform ePDU Review

Eaton's third-generation or G3 ePDUs are 0U, vertical mounted power distribution units. The ePDUs can have between 10 to 42 outlets, depending on the model. These PDUs enable administrators to monitor power usage of the entire PDU, individual outlets, or sections of outlets over a network. The metering or managed functions are built into the PDUs and Eaton offers free software for monitoring. In our recently moved StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab we are using three Eaton G3 EMI104-10 metered-input ePDUs as well as a managed G3 EMA107-10 across multiple Eaton S-Series Racks.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Eaton BladeUPS Power System Review

The Eaton BladeUPS system is a modular battery backup platform that enables uninterruptable power to a populated rack or racks. Unlike other UPS systems, the BladeUPS houses both its electronics and batteries in the same housing. The BladeUPS is unqiue though in that it is both modular and scalable. Users can start off with one 8kW, 6U unit and scale all the way up to an entire rack populated with units, topping out at 60kW. Eaton claims that their BladeUPS have an operating efficiency of 98.6%, with 65% less heat dissipation, and a 70% reduction in footprint compared to their competitors.

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by Lyle Smith

SurgeX Defender Series Surge + Diagnostic SX-HS-15-R Review

The SurgeX Defender Series Surge + Diagnostic is the new generation of surge protectors designed with state-of-the-art microprocessor protection technology. They protect equipment from power anomalies that can confuse the circuitry in digital equipment and cause degradation over time. Its professional-grade Power Conditioning System allows technicians within organizations to troubleshoot and diagnose power anomalies both on and off site and offer the ability to customize power protection settings. Ultimately the SurgeX is positioned to be the best solution on the market to protect sensitive equipment from fluctuations in power that can damage or destroy servers, storage arrays and the like.

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by Josh Shaman

APC Back-UPS Pro 500 Lithium Ion Review

The APC Back-UPS Pro 500 (BG500) is a UPS system designed for SMBs and home networks that provides 300W/500VA of battery backup for up to four outlets, and is unique in the market with APC's Lithium Ion battery implementation. At 300W, the device could potentially backup a workstation, but beyond that, APC envisions many end-customers utilizing the BG500 to support networking equipment which is easily within its range. The BG500 delivers battery backup power that APC quotes from 44 minutes at 25W to 6.5 minutes at 180W, which enables networking and other computing equipment to maintain continuous operation even during lengthier power outages. Of course, as a UPS it also provides protection from surges and spikes.

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by Josh Shaman

Tripp Lite SmartOnline UPS Review (SU3000RTXL2U)

Tripp Lite's SU3000RTXL2U is an online UPS system (uninterruptable power supply) that provides 3000VA/2500 watts of reliable battery backup for up to seven outlets. The unit sustains regulated voltage, frequency, and a pure sine wave to confine itself from power brownouts and failures. Tripp Lite specifically designed this model to protect medical equipment, wiring closets, switches, storage devices, routers, and servers from power issues that can cause critical systems to go offline. The Tripp Lite SmartOnline instantly kicks into action by continuously routing power through a double-conversion circuit, giving it a 0ms transfer time. Battery life itself is projected at 6 minutes for a full load at 2500 watts and 15 minutes for a half load at 1250 watts without additional battery packs connected.

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by Kevin OBrien

Eaton 9PX UPS Review

The Eaton 9PX UPS is a new high-efficiency battery backup designed for the protection of medium-to-high-density IT equipment in computer rooms as well as small data centers in industrial, manufacturing, medical and telecommunications applications. Offered in sizes between 5-11kVA, the 9PX is aimed toward a wide range of operating conditions, with installations supporting the 9PX UPS itself or scale-out configurations with up to twelve additional EMBs (extended battery modules) to offer additional runtime. With claims of high operating efficiency (>98%) and AMB technology to extend the service life of batteries by up to 50%, Eaton is gearing to help IT departments save on power consumption and lower operating costs with the new 9PX UPS.

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