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Hello,

I am looking for a remote control power switch with UPS backup battery feature. I have seen there are many options available, but I want to ask to an expert who has experience with this device before I start shopping.

Basically we will be hooking up our company application servers that is located in our company server room. Currently we have 5 Dell poweredge servers, 4 switches and 1 firewall installed in a rack in our server room. They are all all hooked up to 2 APC 2u rack mountable power UPSs. These are very old model, and we can't remote control them to control the power of the servers.

In this outfit, which model or make Remote Control Backup power UPS system would you recommend ? Which one would you deploy if you had similar setup ?

Note: Our power outlet is NEMA L6-30A
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Depending on the model of your existing UPs's you might be able to use one of these: http://h30094.www3.hp.com/product.aspx?sku=1080276&pagemode=ca

As far as recommending a UPS to you.. what size are your existing ups devices? (in KW)
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Taking a guess on the equipment you listed above, I'd go with: http://www.apc.com/products/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku=SUA5000R5TXFMR&total_watts=3000

Adding a UPS management card to it as an option.
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I am checking the model you have posted above. It is 208V input voltage. Our circuits are 120V input voltage with NEMA L6-30A input connector. Is there any UPS with 120V input voltage and as big as this model ?
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APC doesnt offer any UPS's with 120v inputs at that high of a VA rating.  Best you can do is a 3000VA.. and you'll have to swap out the cord ends if you require L6 because all I am seeing have L5-30P's.

http://www.apc.com/products/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku=SMX3000RMLV2U&total_watts=2500


IMO you're best option is getting an electrician to drop in a 220v and go with the first model I listed above.  I have three of them and they rock.
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I guess I will go with this one. We will probably get two of them, since we have 2 outlets in the server room. Because changing the circuit will cost more hiring an electrician to do.

One last question: Do you know that these things are programmable that, in case of power outage, it can send shut down signal to the windows and VMware host servers to shut down gracefully before the battery runs out ? Or is this process manual ?
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Some of them can use the powerchute software.. I do not know if this model can or not.  Sending shutdown commands requires the pc or server be connected to a ups via a usb or serial connection.  Most of these rack mounts do not have those.  Apc might have a business or enterprise solution for that though.
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We have picked the Tripplite model with poweralert software and it is able to shutdown the computers (vmware hypervisors, windows and linux servers) when it is on battery. The computers will power back on when the power is restored automatically. This solution cost us only $1500 including software and the 4U L5-30P 3000VA tripllite brand new UPS system.
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This is the cheapest solution
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