First installing eight Eaton server racks, the university outfitted each with an Eaton 9PX uninterruptible power system (UPS), both a metered and a switched PDU, an environmental monitoring probe, and a Network Card-RS communications card.
The solution safeguards dozens of servers, switches, routers, firewalls and other network gear within the server room.
“You can see eight racks of equipment all running with UPSs and PDUs,” explains Cronin. “It is entirely a classroom for learning. We wanted equipment we could tinker with, and something that would allow us to really teach students behind the scenes.”
The sensitive electronic devices require a high level of shielding against South Dakota thunderstorms and other hazardous weather conditions.
To do so, the Eaton 9PX UPS, which maximizes availability with extended battery runtime options, hot-swappable batteries, an internal bypass and an optional maintenance bypass was chosen. In addition to exceptional reliability, the UPS also provides more real power (watts) to protect equipment, while leaving room for expanding IT systems.
“Even though it’s for learning exercises, we wanted it to simulate a real server room, so we decided to go with an online double conversion UPS,” explains HM Cragg Sales Representative Scott Missling, who was brought in to the project by High Point Networks. “We also recommended the managed and metered PDUs so DSU could use them remotely if they desired, and they could monitor and control critical factors at the outlet level. We wanted to provide them with a well-rounded solution that would work very well in a learning environment.”