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Overview on IT Equipment Racks

12/12/2019 10:42 AM

A Quick Overview on IT Equipment Racks

IT Equipment Racks come if different types and styles for different uses.

There is an Enclosure style Cabinet – primarily used in Data Centers and Server Rooms.                

 

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There is Open Frame Post – Also used in Data Centers, and Wall Mount /Cabinet style, for use in smaller spaces typically in Classrooms, Retail and public locations. Shown below.

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Racks are measured in Rack Units - A rack unit, U or RU is a unit of measure for the height of electronic equipment designed to mount in a rack. One rack unit is typically 1.75 inches (44.45 mm) high.measurement

  • • The 19 inches (482.60 mm) reflects the width of the equipment mounting frame in the rack including the frame.
  • • One rack unit is typically 1.75 inches (44.45 mm) high.
  • • Equipment designed for racks is typically 17.25 in (438 mm) wide.
  • • The height of rack mounted equipment is frequently described as a number in "U". For example, one rack unit is often referred to as "1U", 2 rack units as "2U" and so on.
  • • A typical full size rack is 42U, which means it holds just over 6 feet (1.8 m) of equipment and can hold up to 42 rack units.
  • • The rack mounting depth is important to make sure your equipment can fit. Dell, HP, and IBM all make servers ~30” (762mm) in depth. Racks designed for servers can be 42” (1066.8mm) or even larger to accommodate for cables, etc.

 

Rack Holes 

Rack equipment attaches to racks via the rack holes. Three types of rack holes are available in racks. Threaded, Round, and Square.

  • • Square holes allow equipment to easily latch to the lip allowing ease and flexibility in installation.
  • • Equipment not designed for square hole racks can still be used by simply using cage nuts that will fit in square hole rack rails.
  • • All V7 Racks use Square Holes and include cage nuts

  cage nuts

For more information on how V7 racks can help your business contact us today at v7bids@ingrammicro.com

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IM ONE 2019 - Recap

12/3/2019 2:17 PM

Last month V7 attended the Ingram Micro One event. This event draws resellers, manufacturers and Ingram Micro associates together in one location to collaborate and learn what’s next in the information technology industry.  

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This years event was held at the Gaylord convention center in Denver Colorado where more than 1700 attended. V7 was a prominent exhibitor displaying close to 100 products from multiple product categories.

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This years final night out was held at the “Wings Over the Rockies” air and space museum where a good time was had by all under the wings of historically famous aircraft.

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CETPA 2019

11/20/2019 9:31 AM

Last week the V7 Team was out at CETPA 2019 – the premiere conference for all facets of IT including CTOs, Directors of Technology, Network Engineers, and Teachers. 

CETPA is the only association in California focusing on the needs of the IT Professionals working in schools.  Sessions and labs focused on the most relevant issues facing IT, including classroom technology. 

We showcased our latest Charge Cart, Interactive Flat Panel and more!  This week the team is out at Ingram Micro ONE in Colorado. Look for a full recap in the post next week.

For all your education product needs, look no further than V7. For more info contact us at v7bids@ingrammicro.com.

CETPA 19

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Back Breaking Loads

11/12/2019 9:42 AM

If your backpack is too heavy you could be hurting yourself.

It’s more common than you may think. There are over 2,000 backpack related injuries each year and over half of people carry loads that are excessive.

Is your pack too heavy?

v7 backpacks

If you experience any of these symptoms, take some of that weight off.

      • Hard to put back pack on or take off

 

      • Experience back pain

 

      • Get tingling or numbness in your back

 

      • Have strap marks on your shoulders

 


If your backpack is too heavy your body will strain to compensate for the extra weight on your back.

 

You may be leaning to far forward causing you to potentially lose your balance and fall more easily. You may also be putting too much weight on the natural curve of your back, causing muscle strain.

It is recommended by medical professionals that you should carry no more than 10% of your body weight on your back to reduce the potential for injury and fatigue.

So, for example a 10 year old weighing 70lbs. should carry no more than 7 lbs. in their backpack, or a college student weighing 175lbs –should be carrying no more than 17.5lbs.

Here’s a couple of simple tips on packing your backpack. Take only the essentials. Books can weight 2-3 pounds and snacks and drinks add a few more pounds. If you’re not going to use it that day don’t pack it. Your backpack is not a storage locker.

Place heavy items low and closest to your back. Lighter items should be in pouches and higher towards your shoulders. Always lift with your legs, not your back. Lift straight up and don’t shift while lifting.

Use both straps so that the weight can be distributed evenly. Padded straps and back pads can help reduce friction and rubbing. Make sure to not overload your pack today to save your back tomorrow.

 

For backpacks, laptop bags and more – contact us at v7bids@ingrammicro.com

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What’s the difference between SSD and Mechanical HDD? 

What’s the difference between SSD and Mechanical HDD? The simple answer is that SSD has no moving parts and functions similarly to USB memory sticks, while the Mechanical HDD has a magnetic tape and a lot of moving parts. SSD is also considerably smaller and takes up less space in a PC case, in some instances even mounted directly to the motherboard. SSD is also way faster – 10 times faster than an HDD.

SSD vs. HDD

What is SSD Storage? 

SSD stands for Solid State Drive, and it’s like an oversized, more sophisticated version of a USB memory stick. Like a USB memory drive, there are no moving parts, and the data is stored in microchips. Storing data on a chip is what makes the SSD so much faster. A typical SSD uses what is called NAND-based flash memory, which is a non-volatile type of memory. A non-volatile memory is that it will not forget where the data is store when the disk is off. An SSD does not have any mechanical components to read and write data, instead it relies on an embedded processor called a controller to perform operations related to reading and writing data. The controller is a very important factor in determining the SSD read and write speed. As the controller will make decision to where it will store, retrieve, cache and clean up data that can determine the overall SSD performance. 

 

What is HDD Storage?

Hard Disk Drives or HDD, was first introduced by IBM in 1956 and uses magnetism to store data on a rotating platter. A read/write head floats above the spinning platter reading and writing the data. The faster the platter spins, the faster an HDD can perform, a typical laptop drives today spin at either 5400 RPM ( revolutions per minute) or 7200 RPM, though some server based models are up to 15,000 RPM. 

When it comes to appearance, the most common size for laptop hard drive is 2.5” form factor while a larger 3.5” form factor is used in desktop computers. The larger size allows for more platters inside and thus creating a larger storage capacity. 

 

This chart breaks down the major factors of storage between HDD and SSD.

Attribute 

SSD (Solid State Drive)

HDD (Hard Disk Drive)

Winner

Power Draw / Battery Life

Less power draw, averages 2 – 3 watts, resulting in 30+ minute battery boost

More power draw, averages 6 – 7 watts and therefore uses more battery

SSD wins this category as it draws less power and result better battery life for mobile devices

Cost

Expensive, roughly $0.08 per gigabyte (based on buying a 1TB drive)

Only around $0.03 per gigabyte, very cheap (buying a 4TB model)

HDD wins this category, but HDD will soon lose this category as new QLC NAND technology will be releasing toward end of the year and will release SSD that are about $0.03 per gigabyte

Capacity

Typically, not larger than 2TB for notebook size drives; 4TB max for desktops

Typically, around 500GB and 2TB maximum for notebook size drives; 10TB max for desktops

HDD wins this category, but HDD will be losing this category toward end of the year when QLC NAND is released and will be matching the same capacity as the HDD 

Operating System Boot Time

Around 10-13 seconds average bootup time

Around 30-40 seconds average bootup time

SSD wins this category as it boots a computer 2x faster and will not slow down, as HDD will slow down when its ages

Noise

There are no moving parts and as such no sound

Audible clicks and spinning can be heard

SSD wins this category as there are no moving part and no noise

Vibration

No vibration as there are no moving parts

The spinning of the platters can sometimes result in vibration

SSD wins this category as HDD can be very fragile and can brick if it was drop

Heat Produced

Lower power draw and no moving parts so little heat is produced

HDD doesn’t produce much heat, but it will have a measurable amount more heat than an SSD due to moving parts and higher power draw

SSD wins this category as SSD does not draw a lot of power and there is very little heat that is produced

Failure Rate

Mean time between failure rate of 2.0 million hours

Mean time between failure rate of 1.5 million hours

SSD wins this category as the failure rate is lower as there are no moving parts

File Copy / Write Speed

Generally, above 200 MB/s and up to 550 MB/s for cutting edge drives

The range can be anywhere from 50 – 120MB / s

SSD wins this category as SSD is 10x faster for transferring and booting the OS

Encryption

Full Disk Encryption (FDE) Supported on some models

Full Disk Encryption (FDE) Supported on some models

Tie both devices have FPE built in

File Opening Speed

Up to 30% faster than HDD

Slower than SSD

SSD wins this category as the SSD does not need to keep spinning to reach the data

Magnetism Affected?

An SSD is safe from any effects of magnetism

Magnets can erase data

SSD wins this category as there are no magnetic parts that would corrupt any data

Now if we tally up the total, the winning category is SSD with 9. This means that SSD will be the replacement technology for all HDD in the near future. As new technology is being released, lower capacity SSD will be cheaper than a standard HDD and will be at the same price point. By that time, there will be no benefit to choose an SSD over an HDD.  

V7 will be launching a complete line of SSD products in the next few months so stay tuned for more. For more information contact v7bids@ingrammicro.com.

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V7 Products for Education

10/16/2019 10:47 AM

Today’s schools have a lot more than just books and chalk boards. They are modern learning centers powered by information technology products.

Students in the digital classroom now are connected to their learning curriculum through Chromebooks, watch presentations on smartboards, check their grades on LCD monitors, and carry their homework in laptop bags.

V7 supports our schools with products that are feature rich and durable, while still being cost effective.

The new V7 charge carts and charging station can recharge multiple Chromebooks at the same time while keeping them safe and secure.

V7 Charge Carts  

The mobile TV cart supports screens up to 70” and allow teachers to easily move their presentation screens from room to room.

A large offering of laptop bags and backpacks ensure there’s the perfect solution for any size laptop and style preference.

Our headsets and headphones come in a variety of sizes and styles. They provide excellent sound quality and are built for all-day comfort.

We believe that making products that supports the education market can be done efficiently and cost effectively. Education happens with V7 products. 

For more information on contact us at v7bids@ingrammicro.com

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V7 Photo Contest Winners

10/8/2019 2:20 PM

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The results are in! First place wins a 27" 2K Monitor – 2nd Place winners receive a USB Docking Station and 3rd place wins a Powerbank.

Thank you all who entered – Congratulations to the winners!

 






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Are You Ready to Rock?

10/2/2019 9:47 AM

So, you want to be a rock star.

Get ready to lay down your tracks with a digital desktop recording studio.

 

One of the best recording studio packages for the money can be found at Guitar Center. 

The Complete Desktop Recording Studio comes with all the equipment and software needed to get you on the road to stardom.  This recording studio features a Mac Mini Computer, V7 21.5” Widescreen LED Display, Audio Interface, Studio Microphone, Studio Headphones, V7 Keyboard & Mouse and complete software recording suite. 

V7 Recording Studio 

The V7 21.5” Widescreen LED Display, Keyboard and Mouse have been an integral part of the Guitar Center Recording Package for more than two years.

Like all V7 products, you’ll have the functionality and durability needed to ensure a successful recording session, all at a price that won’t break the bank. Free up your musical imagination and get your ticket to ride with this complete digital recording studio featuring products from V7.

For more information on V7  please contact us at v7bids@ingrammicro.com

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LATAM ONE 2019

9/26/2019 2:03 PM

One of the largest Latin American tradeshows just happened.

Latam One 2019 At A Glance.

This year Ingram Micro hosted one of the largest events supporting Latin American markets.

Latam One was held September 9th to the 11th in Florida. The event’s key message was themed “Imagine Next” which illustrated how Ingram Micro is helping customers grow their business in ways they haven’t thought of yet. With nearly 900 attendees and 49 vendor sponsors, the show provided the perfect stage for collaboration and insight into current and future product solutions.

V7, Ingram Micro’s house brand, displayed several products at our booth during the ”Solution Showcase”. V7 sales manager, Charles Erdei commented “There was a great deal of interest in our new ergonomic input devices. There is definitely a growing trend in this area.”  Being an international brand, V7 is dedicated to supporting the Latin American market with high-quality, cost-effective products that provide a better over all value to channel partners and consumers.   Having over 22 product categories and over 1000 active skus, V7 has the right products to support your customer’s core solution requirements.

Now it’s time to look forward, because just around the corner is the Ingram Micro ONE event, this November in Denver, Colorado.  This year’s event is sure to be the largest ever with channel partners coming from all over the world to attend.

 

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V7 RJ-45 Ethernet Cables keep your network running smooth 

If you are getting ready to purchase Cat5e, Cat6 or Cat7 RJ-45 Ethernet network cables, of course you’ll want to make sure the ones you are choose offer quality, durability and performance. 

Pure Copper Cables vs. Copper Clad Aluminum Cables

One of the common tactics of some manufacturers to save cost is to use aluminum instead of copper for the core of the cable. This can lead to issues with your network transmitting and receiving data from having inferior materials that are less durable. It is not easy to tell the difference between them especially from a visual inspection. 

 

The safety and performance safety of cables made with aluminum can violate IEC and TIA standards for Cat5 and Cat6 cables. CCA (Copper Clad Aluminum also known as CCE for Copper Clad Ethernet) can have higher attenuation leading to loss of packet data resulting in slower network because of re-transmissions. Aluminum cables are compounded by the fact that they are less resistant to heat, and can cause issues for installers as fail much easier when bent or pulled. Make sure you use pure copper cables.

 

V7 - pure copper cables 

 

All V7 Ethernet cables are guaranteed to use pure copper

CPR (No 305/2011,EN50575)

The Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) includes requirements for CE marking of cables for Safety in the Event of Fire. This impacts all cables that are being used as a Construction product as part of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR No. 305/2011). The inclusion of EN 50575, “Power, control and communication cables – Cables for general applications in construction works subject to reaction to fire requirements" in the OJEU provides the standard that all cabling must meet to achieve a CE mark for certain fire performance categories.

UL Verified

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). When a product has been UL Listed, a representative sample has been tested by UL and found to meet all relevant UL-published Standards for Safety as a product in its own right.

 

Verified to ANSI/TIA-568.C.2, ISO/IEC 11801 and EN50173-1

V7 network cables have our cables have met high performance, quality, and reliability design standards to ANSI/TIA-568.C.2, ISO/IEC 11801 and EN50173-1.The IEC (International Elecrotechnical Commission) and TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) standards designed to ensure networking products for consumers and businesses are safe, durable, reliable, and adhere to strict specifications ensuring optimized performance. These standards are led by a collaborative group of engineers that focus on network operation and structured cabling.

 

All V7 Ethernet cables include these industry certifications

  • UL/cUL listed
  • Verified to ANSI/TIA-568.C.2, ISO/IEC 11801 and EN50173-1
  • CPR (No 305/2011,EN50575)

 

For more information on V7 cables, or to place an order please contact us at v7bids@ingrammicro.com

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