Guide On Buying A Better UPS

Traditionally, Specifying requirements, and Purchasing the specified product are two main consecutive stages while procuring most industrial systems. Based on study results adding a Cost Oriented Reevaluation (COR) stage, can boost significantly ROI; always of prime importance, particularly with present economy.

Generally, specification aims for simplest solutions which meet users “must have” requirements. Main UPS parameters are Output power (SIZE), Type (topology) and Battery Backup time. Size is dictated by consumers which will be protected. Back up time and the types of the systems depend on the particular application.

Three dominant UPS types are offered by manufacturers. The Off-Line type solves outages and short-term grid disturbances; Line-Interactive type solves also Undervoltage and Overvoltage disturbances, whereas the On-Line type provides the best solution to all grid related disturbances.

The simplest, Off Line UPS, is recommended for protecting home computer applications. Line Interactive systems are used for small networks, implemented in stores, restaurants, small offices. On-Line systems protect high power, installations, data centers, on line service providers, industry, and other critical applications.

In the process of checking the pros and cons of On-Line versus Line interactive UPS for a particular project, UPSonNet found that some On-Line systems were cheaper, compared to equivalent Line Interactive types. Deeper investigation, suggested that the assumption of constant Price to Power ratio should also be questioned.

This led to performing a study of UPS market prices, from small 350VA size systems up to 120kVA installations. The research was based on market prices, of main brands like APC, Powerware, Tripplite as well as smaller good standing companies, and filtering the results by a weighting factor representing supplier’s market share.

The mentioned dual stage procurement method, of preparing technical specification to meet needed requirements, followed by a purchasing stage based on the technical specification is justified, assuming positive price to performance behavior and linear behavior of price to output power ratio.

The study violates these assumptions. A better UPS may cost less, while significantly higher power may have a slight effect on price. Market prices are affected by numerous factors, such as, technological innovations, strength and preferences of individual producers, popularity of certain power levels or certain brands, and more. Therefore, no price logic is obeyed when individual systems, are concerned.

UPS Industry Price List, presented on UPSonNet’s website displays the final study results. The information enables to rise beyond the individual system and see both the forest and the trees. It allows achieving optimal solution by analyzing each specific case, in order to deduce the impact of size and topology on system cost.

Research results call for additional Cost Oriented Reevaluation Stage, before the specification is confirmed and forwarded to purchasing department. The COR stage should investigate alternate solutions, and modify UPS specification for getting superior technical performance and better economical outcome.

Guiding steps on UPSonNet’s site, direct users how to use UPS Price List to gain significant advantages. COR implementation enables to achieve such benefits as system upgrading, extending output power, increasing back up time, introducing redundancy, and more, while decreasing system cost sometimes by almost 40%.

In conclusion, UPS market price study contradicts assumed correlation between cost and performance. Thus, practice of specifying the simplest UPS to meet requirements doesn’t provide lowest cost. Implementing COR enables maximizing ROI.

For additional information on “How to Protect Your Data and Your Budget when Buying a Power UPS”, visit UPSonNet.com/UPS_Prices.html

UPSonNet is an information source about Power Protection, Power Availability, and Quality. The information addresses audience involved in Design, Manufacturing, and Distribution of Power Conversion equipment, as well as Users involved in applying Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems and related equipment, in business environment, data centers, and other mission critical areas.

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Super Warehouse Introduces A Bigger, Better, And More Discounted Printers And Accessories

Super Warehouse is inviting the public to take advantage of another promotional discounted sale on selected printers and accessories. Discounts reaching to 35% on printers such as Xerox, Canon, Brother, Fujitsu, and HP await consumers on this limited offer.

Other items including Printer Ink and cartridges are offered with rebate that could reach up $600. Rebates offered on some items will only last until December 31, 2008.

Wide collection of toner cartridges from renowned manufacturers are among the items on sale. Products from Apple, Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, GCC Technologies, Genicom, HP, IBM, Konica, Konica Minolta, Lanier, Lexmark, Minolta, Mita, NEC, OEM , Okidata, Panasonic, Radian, Rhinotek, Ricoh, Samsung, Sharp, Tally, Toshiba, Troy, Verbatim, Xante, and Xerox are available with bigger discounts and rebates.

Here is a list of discounted items available at Super Warehouse website:

•Okidata Black Toner Cartridge for C6150 C6100 Series
Part Number: 43865720
Type: Toner Cartridge
Original Price: $116.90
Promotional Price: $81.99

•Xerox Black Toner Cartridge for FaxCentre F116 Series
Part Number: 006R01218
Original Price: $139.00
Type: Toner Cartridge
Promotional Price: $85.99

•Canon 104 Black Toner Cartridge for FAXPHONE L120
Part Number: 0263B001
Original Price: $94.00
Type: Toner Cartridge
Promotional Price: $63.99

•Xerox Black Toner Cartridge for Phaser 3500 Series
Part Number: 106R01148
Original Price: $188.00
Type: Toner Cartridge
Promotional Price: $134.99

•Panasonic Cyan Toner Cartridge for CL500 and CL510 Series
Part Number: KX-CLTC1
Original Price: $72.00
Type: Toner Cartridge
Promotional Price: $58.99

•Okidata Magenta Toner Cartridge for C7200 and C7400 Series
Part Number: 41304206
Original Price: $225.00
Type: Toner Cartridge
Promotional Price: $192.99

•Konica Minolta Black Toner Cartridge for Magicolor 5430 DL
Part Number: 1710580-001
Original Price: $123.99
Type: Toner Cartridge
Promotional Price: $118.99

•Konica Minolta Toner Value Pack for Magicolor 3300 Series
Part Number: 1710551-100
Original Price: $497.99
Type: Toner Cartridge
Promotional Price: $469.99

•HP Yellow Toner Cartridge for 5500 Series
Part Number: C9732A
Original Price: $434.70
Type: Toner Cartridge
Promotional Price: $331.99

Printers on sale include the Lexmark X4975 All in One Inkjet Printer part number 40S0300 which is now offered at $179.99 from its previous price at $229.99. The printer is capable of producing 30 ppm black and 27 ppm on colored prints and boasting its feature with a wireless 802.11g/b Wireless compatible.

This holiday season, there is just one place where you can pick the right present. Look for these items at Super Warehouse’s website and choose from their collection of laptops, computer sets, printers, mp3 players, and other top of the line gadgets. All offered with discounts. Take advantage of selected promo codes to enjoy even bigger savings.

About Super Warehouse:
Super Warehouse is an online source of printer supplies and technology products and services for businesses, education and government customers internationally. Founded in 1998 by San Diego entrepreneur Russell Schneider, Super Warehouse provides expertise and guidance for customers to help determine the best technology solutions and specific products needed for their business. From start-ups to large corporations, customers can access more than 60,000 items from leading technology brands such as Apple, Brother, Microsoft, Adobe, Kodak, Cisco, HP, Sony and more. Super Warehouse provides businesses with competitive pricing, immediate shipping capabilities, and technical support. In 2006 and 2007, the company was named one of San Diego’s fastest growing companies by the San Diego Business Journal. More information can be found atwww.superwarehouse.com.

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Inmatrix Releases New Zoom Player V.6

The new Zoom Player v.6 products form the most advanced and capable performers for any mission that involves processing, display and control of Digital Media on any computer – from Media Center PCs for entertainment, High Grade Home Theatre Systems for the ultimate HD video and DVD experience or professional to Digital Signage Systems for commercial applications.

New Zoom Player v.6 brings three new product lines: Business Edition, Home Edition and Zoom Player Mobile.

Business Edition is targeted at business users who need a rich variety of options, powerful features and high-grade stability and reliability for critical business and commercial applications. Business Edition offers several products:

DS was created specifically for serving Digital Signage applications. It processes and displays any combination of media files in any screen formation. DS drives any type of display from indoors screens to outdoors electronic billboards and it can use one or multiple display areas concurrently on one screen or across a cluster of screens. Business Edition DS offers unparalleled performance, perfect stability under any condition and the level of support you need for professional Digital Signage projects.

MC is the perfect Media Processing, Playback, Control and Management software for entertainment PCs, from high grade Media Centers to top-notch Home Theater PC Applications. It offers perfect reliability and delivers the highest levels of performance, usability and configuration flexibility that just until recently were part of only the high-cost professional entertainment hardware-only gear.

FLEX is the ultimate, all-inclusive toolset for professional users who will not compromise on power, performance or features and demand the best in all categories. This “Swiss Army Knife” for media processing, display and management combines all the best and most powerful features, functionality, playback and display options, configuration options and navigation interfaces of MC and DS models.

Home Edition is intended for private users, serious hobbyists and media enthusiasts who demand on using the best and most versatile set of tools and controls for any task on an entertainment system like playback of high quality audio and top quality, high definition (HD) DVDs and videos. Home Edition contains the following models:

Professional offers full DVD playback and control and extensive media and navigation control functions and more;

Premium comes with a host of additional features such as DVD Password Protected Parental Control, full DRM Support, Closed captions, Scene-cut editing, Display over multiple monitors, Enhanced playlist management, Safe navigation mode, File download tracker and many more.

MAX is for serious, no-compromise users looking for pure playback perfection, total control of media files, the latest in video and audio processing technologies and the maximum flexibility in usage and configuration.

Zoom Player Mobile v.6 is a special version of Zoom Player for portable USB U3 based devices (U3 Flash Drives) designed for people on the move who need their reliable and familiar media player with them at all times. With a small footprint, extremely fast response, top reliability and most of the features of its big brothers, Zoom Player Mobile is THE top choice for all media playback tasks while away from home or office.

Superseding previous Zoom Player products was not an easy task for Inmatrix and they have worked hard to provide the most advanced and up to date software products. The result is three product lines with the most capable and affordable software of its kind, intended to handle any type of professional media processing, playback and management task that can be utilized for either personal or business use under any MS Windows OS.

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SecureAuth reinforces CA SiteMinder’s security with certificate-strength protection, with the ease of username and password

MultiFactor Corporation, an innovator in 2-factor authentication, web application security and SSL VPN authentication solutions today announced it has joined the CA Technology Partner Program as a provider of strong user authentication services. CA SiteMinder customers will now have the added security of MultiFactor’s SecureAuth, a convenient user authentication solution that lets organizations quickly and securely vet the identity of any user.

“By offering direct integration of SecureAuth into CA SiteMinder, we extend the SecureAuth security and benefits to CA’s SiteMinder customers, while keeping the total costs down to a few dollars per user, per year,” said Craig Lund, CEO of MultiFactor Corporation. “These days real security at the lowest possible cost is the top customer priority.”

CA SiteMinder Web Access Manager users can now securely sign on using only username and password through SecureAuth’s Direct integration into CA SiteMinder. The benefits of the integration include ease of use of a standard username and password but with strength of full X.509 authentication, all in a frictionless user environment.

“SecureAuth provides critical strong authentication capabilities for SiteMinder customers. The easy to implement integration leverages SecureAuth for a tokenless, non-phishable authentication scheme which can be used to protect both new and existing web resources. In today’s age of increased security, this integration ensures that access is restricted to authorized users and also helps to protect your company brand and customer retention,” said Todd Clayton, President and CEO of CoreBlox, the leading CA SiteMinder integration company.

In addition to user friendly username/password validation, SecureAuth features a unique, variable certificate expiration option that gives the enterprise additional flexibility in setting their authentication parameters.

About MultiFactor Corporation
MultiFactor Corporation is pioneering the delivery of the strongest, proven 2-factor authentication, web application security, IPSec and SSL VPN security methodologies in an easy-to-deploy, low-maintenance product called SecureAuth™. This tokenless, browser-based authentication solution generates and validates client- and server- side certificates without PKI. SecureAuth represents the evolution of a technology that, for more than two decades, has remained the de facto standard for identity and access management technology. More secure than hardware or software tokens, SecureAuth is inexpensive to acquire, deploy and manage. MultiFactor Corporation’s innovation and its development of real-world security solutions draws from a diversified team of cryptographers, network and Web application specialists and certified security engineers.

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Earthtone Today Gave Its First Public Indication Of The Scale Of Print Provider Interest In Its Revolutionary E-Commerce Platform

Earthtone, providers of e-commerce solutions for the print industry, announced that in the two months after the launch of its e-commerce platform in July, in excess of 500 US print providers and 150 UK print providers registered to join the network.

Earthtone is the first e-commerce solution designed to meet the needs of tens of thousands of independent print businesses, bringing together world-class e-commerce solutions, a commission based commercial model and a market-defining service proposition to enable tens of thousands of smaller, independently operated print businesses to capitalize on customers’ shift to e-procurement.

With InfoTrends, a global strategic consulting firm focused on document technology, predicting that e-commerce will account for 45% of the print market* – up from 14% today – Earthtone is a timely solution to the problems facing smaller print providers looking to exploit the online document printing opportunity. In contrast to web-to-print solutions – which require upfront investment and ongoing charges and offer questionable returns on investment – Earthtone’s commission-based commercial model offers print providers risk-free e-commerce.

Moreover, Earthtone’s vendor-neutral business model creates economies of scale, enabling smaller businesses to deploy world-class e-commerce solutions and compete with big brands for market share. Print shops benefit from a search engine optimized online storefront and a range of features – like integrated shipping, online payment processing and support for over 100 file formats – that extend their reach and help them to attract and retain customers from across the web.

Kourosh Kaghazian, Vice President for Business Development, commented on Earthtone’s performance in August and early September: “We’re confident that our service meets printers’ need for affordable, risk-free e-commerce. We’re seeing interest from all quarters, including small and medium sized commercial printers, locally-focused independent print centers, and franchisees from, amongst others, the Sir Speedy, Minuteman and AlphaGraphics networks. Looking forward, we foresee an increase in the rate of registrations in the run up to launch.”

With its recently announced partnership with ICED – owner of the Kwik Kopy, Kwik Kopy Business Center, Inkwell and Franklin brands – expected to augment these figures significantly, Earthtone seems set to shake up the online printing landscape when it launches in October.

About Earthtone:
Earthtone creates world-class e-commerce solutions for the print industry. Earthtone’s global printing platform connects businesses and individuals to local print providers over the web, delivering secure, convenient and user-friendly online print procurement to buyers. By channeling buyers to the network, Earthtone creates growth opportunities for print providers, who pay nothing to join the network and are charged no ongoing fees.

Earthtone’s e-commerce platform is currently in beta with a launch to print buyers expected in October.

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The UML2ClearQuest Solution Allows Creating And Modifying The Lifecycle Of IBM Rational Clearquest Record Types Based On UML Diagrams

CM-Consult and rational-tools.com has released a demo version of their UML2ClearQuest module for free download. The module is located at the company’s site and is accessible at http://www.rational-tools.com/uml2clearquest.htm.

UML2ClearQuest is a software product that has no analogues for IBM Rational ClearQuest. The UML2ClearQuest solution allows for creating and modifying the lifecycle of IBM Rational ClearQuest record types based on UML diagrams (up to version 2.1). The program is designed first of all for IBM Rational ClearQuest managers, responsible for designing schemas for their organizations.

The module has the following capabilities:

• Importing UML states from MS Visio and StarUML. Design business processes with the comfort of MS Visio,and StarUML and readily import the results to IBM Rational ClearQuest to a new or existing record type.

• Visualizing the import data. Before importing, the module shows the state diagram and checks it for compliancy with the IBM Rational ClearQuest state machine.

• Exporting state machines for record types from IBM Rational ClearQuest. Allows for exporting IBM Rational ClearQuest state machines to UML diagrams in MS Visio or StarUML format for modifying and viewing. A modified diagram can then be imported to the existing record type from which it was exported.

The program comes as two different modifications:

• As a separate Windows application that works under .NET

• As an IBM Rational Software Architect plugin. This modification allows for importing and exporting projects only from IBM Rational Software Architect. The demo version allows for exporting diagrams to IBM Rational ClearQuest only if it has no more than 3 states.

About CM-Consult (www.cmcons.com)
CM-Consult was founded in 2004. It’s primary business activities have been project management consulting, supporting and implementing IBM Rational instruments, and supporting IBM Rational and Microsoft software.

CM-Consult is one of the five leading consulting companies in Russia that implement IBM Rational tools. It’s employees have had experience with more than 25 successful projects with implementing IBM Rational and Microsoft, and over 600 specialists have been trained in Russia and the ex-USSR.

CM-Consult is an Advanced IBM Partner and has the Value Advantage Plus (VAP) status. The company’s core employees are all certified professionals and experts, with vast experience and knowledge.

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WOW!Keys, the world’s first keypad enhancement software for Windows, that lets you turn numeric keypads into lean, mean typing and mousing machines

TESA Tech Group announces WOW!Keys, the world’s first keypad enhancement software that lets you turn numeric keypads into lean, mean typing and mousing machines. WOW!Keys runs under Windows 2000 and above, and works on the vast majority of numeric keypads, including those built into standard keyboards and a wide variety of external models.

WOW!Keys features NILPware(tm), an intuitive, one-handed method of typing based on combination key presses called chords. While memorizing the most often used chords is helpful, it is not required to start productively NILPing. An Instant NILPer module keeps a chord chart on top of a basic notepad, letting users start working as soon as they learn how to read the chart. Three other training modules, plus unique View-Do Help, make mastering NILPing fun and easy. Users can expect to achieve speeds faster than pen or thumbpad input after only a few hours of training, and should reach speeds in the 30-60+ word per minute range after 30 or 40 hours of practice.

WOW!Keys features the first truly usable, adjustable software Virtual Mouse for keypads, and fast easy mode switching between one-handed typing, mousing and 10-key data entry.

The company envisions a wide variety of usage scenarios including:

· As the perfect remote for living room based, Media PC’s (with a wireless keypad)

· In belt worn mode, as a compact, ergonomic input device for Tablet, Ultramobile and Wearable PC users (who greatly benefit from the one-handed operation)

· In hand held mode, as the best presentation input device, allowing presenters and teachers to type notes overhead and do full text Internet searches, from anywhere in a room (even while standing or walking)

· Online Game Chatters can text chat or taunt opponents at high speed while still having one hand on the mouse for fighting or fleeing · Non-typists who find it easier to learn and master than traditional QWERTY typing

· Existing external keypad users, tired of needing both an external keypad and mouse with their laptops, can use WOW!Keys Mouse Mode on their keypad, and pack just one peripheral

· Anyone who could use dramatically more free space on their desks

TESA Tech Group is actively pursuing licensing WOW!Keys technology, so eventually it may be available in cell phones, game controllers and the must have combination device of tomorrow.

WOW!Keys with NILPware 1.0 is priced at $49.95. As an Introductory Special, TESA Tech Group is giving free USB external numeric keypads to the first 50 customers. A 15-day free trial download is available at

 

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