What are the benefits of using a network management card for an APC SmartUps

What are the benefits of using a network management card for an APC SmartUps as opposed to just running the software on the server?  Or what is a better option over APC?  We want an easy way to manage the UPS.  We want a graceful shutdown.  We want email alerting when power is out and battery has failed.  We have multiple clients and would love a way to manage all of these UPSs.
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The network management card is for more than a single server type farm, so it can send commands to multiple agents on different servers.

Another benefit would be you can still monitor the UPS even if the specific server/computer that is watching over it is offline for some reason.  The Network card can send information independent of any server.  it also helps if you want to tie it into a true monitoring system like Nagios, (which is what I use to send my email notifications, such as server offline, temperature, printer statuses, etc).

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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
I agree with tsaico, we use an UPC 2200XL with a matching secondary battery pack for our five dell servers, switches and router. We have the APC management card installed in the 2200 and run the APC Business Powerchute software on all servers.

When there is any power interruption, the UPS activates and at the appropriate time, if the power is still off, the network management card sends a signal through the network cabling to all servers and instructs the PowerChute software to gracefully shut down each server.

This has saved us many times. We always use APC and protect all server room hardware. Their hardware is excellent.

Hope this helps!
hopkins1003Author Commented:
Thanks for the help guys
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