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Altex Beats the Heat with Tripp Lite’s
SRCOOL33K Air Conditioning Unit
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Based in San Antonio,
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CASE STUDY
13-04-206 • 95-33BC
Altex Beats the Heat with Tripp Lite’s
SRCOOL33K Air Conditioning Unit
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Tripp Lite Case Study: Row-Based Cooling Unit Keeps Data Center Cool in Texas Heat

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Altex Computers and Electronics in San Antonio uses Tripp Lite’s SRCOOL33k Row-Based AC Unit to keep its data center cool.

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Tripp Lite Case Study: Row-Based Cooling Unit Keeps Data Center Cool in Texas Heat

  1. 1. CASE STUDY Altex Beats the Heat with Tripp Lite’s SRCOOL33K Air Conditioning Unit SUMMARY Customer Based in San Antonio, Texas, Altex Computers and Electronics provides computer and networking equipment to business, consumer, educational, industrial, commercial and governmental customers worldwide. Goal Replace existing air conditioners that had insufficient capacity to handle San Antonio’s summer humidity and the heat load generated by two dozen servers in Altex’s primary server room, which is the mission-critical data center for its entire retail operation. Solution Energy-Saving, Self-Contained, Row-Based Computer Room Air Conditioning Unit • SRCOOL33K Remote Management Card • SNMPWEBCARD Results Simplified installation, reduced server room humidity and sufficient cooling capacity to handle future server room expansion. 1111 W. 35th Street Chicago, IL 60609 USA 773.869.1234 www.tripplite.com Customer Based in San Antonio, Altex Computers and Electronics provides computer and networking equipment to business, consumer, educational, industrial, commercial and governmental customers via retail stores located throughout Texas, a global mail-order operation and a large Internet presence at www.altex.com. Goal Consisting of two dozen servers housed in four open frame racks, Altex’s San Antonio server room serves as the mission-critical data center for its entire retail operation. “We had two building air conditioners that were partitioned to provide dedicated air conditioning for the server room,” said Gilbert Santana, IT Manager for Altex. “But they couldn’t handle the heat load of the servers. We also had a problem with humidity in the server room. During the summer in San Antonio, humidity gets up to 75-80%, and in the server room, we measured 50-60% humidity, which I found to be unacceptable. The servers will run with elevated humidity, but it will eventually impact their reliability and reduce their lifespan.” Santana knew he needed to replace the existing air conditioners, but the expense and logistics involved with installing typical computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units presented a challenge. “Most of the CRAC units we looked at required a raised floor, and our server room does not have a raised floor. The CRAC units also required connection to an external condenser, so we were faced with the prospect of a major construction project.” “We’re into our second year with the SRCOOL33K, and I definitely recommend it. It allows you to put a data center just about anywhere because you can cool the room without undertaking a major construction project.” —Gilbert Santana, IT Manager Altex Computers and Electronics SRCOOL33K (far right) in the San Antonio server room of Altex Computers and Electronics.
  2. 2. CASE STUDY 13-04-206 • 95-33BC Altex Beats the Heat with Tripp Lite’s SRCOOL33K Air Conditioning Unit SUMMARY Customer Based in San Antonio, Texas, Altex Computers and Electronics provides computer and networking equipment to business, consumer, educational, industrial, commercial and governmental customers worldwide. Goal Replace existing air conditioners that had insufficient capacity to handle San Antonio’s summer humidity and the heat load generated by two dozen servers in Altex’s primary server room, which is the mission-critical data center for its entire retail operation. Solution Energy-Saving, Self-Contained, Row-Based Computer Room Air Conditioning Unit • SRCOOL33K Remote Management Card • SNMPWEBCARD Results Simplified installation, reduced server room humidity and sufficient cooling capacity to handle future server room expansion. 1111 W. 35th Street Chicago, IL 60609 USA 773.869.1234 www.tripplite.com Solution SRCOOL33K Energy-Saving, Self-Contained, Row-Based Computer Room Air Conditioning Unit SRCOOL33K provides up to 33,000 BTU (9.7 kW) of close-coupled cooling in a 42U rack form factor. • Reduces power consumption and operating costs up to 33% • Does not require a startup service, HVAC contractor, plumbing or refrigerant piping • Dynamically scales cooling to the ideal level for the application and prevents inrush spikes from wasting energy or introducing disruptive line noise • Built-in evaporator eliminates condensation through the exhaust air stream • Provides local and remote cooling management through the LCD control panel and optional SNMPWEBCARD • Uses a standard NEMA L6-30P plug Results “When we replaced our existing air conditioners with the SRCOOL33K,” said Santana, “the humidity in our server room went from 50-60%, which is unacceptable, to 35-40%, which is ideal.” The SRCOOL33K was also able to handle the heat load of Altex’s servers with headroom for future expansion. “We have 24 servers now, and we can add another 12 servers without a problem,” said Santana. Installation took a total of about six hours, including some ductwork Altex added for ventilation. Altex had an electrician install a new L6-30R circuit for the server room, and members of the IT staff were able to do the rest. “We’re into our second year with the SRCOOL33K, and I definitely recommend it,” said Santana. “It allows you to put a data center just about anywhere because you can cool the room without undertaking a major construction project. You don’t need to connect the SRCOOL33K to anything external except the AC outlet and the building ventilation. And maintenance is easy. Once a month, we inspect the unit and change the filters.” Throughout the process, Altex was pleased with Tripp Lite’s responsive service. “The service was excellent,” said Santana. “Whenever we had a question, Tripp Lite made the solution very simple.” Copyright © 2013 Tripp Lite. All trademarks are the property of their owners. Photos and illustrations may differ from actual products. Tripp Lite has a policy of continuous improvement. Specifications are subject to change without notice. SRCOOL33K

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