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Zonit Structured Solutions

April 18, 2011 11:30 ET

Zonit Structured Solutions Announces UL Approval for Its New Micro Automatic Transfer Switch for Data Centers

UL Provides Approval for Zonit's New Small-Footprint, "zero U," Automatic Transfer Switch for Data Centers; Manufacturing to Commence Immediately

BOULDER, CO--(Marketwire - Apr 18, 2011) - Zonit Structured Solutions (www.zonit.com), a provider of "to" and "at-the-rack" products for data centers in power management and rack management, today announced that it has received approval from the Underwriter's Laboratory for its new Micro Automatic Transfer Switch (µATS™) -- a feature-rich, affordable, ultra-small-form-factor, highly efficient (zero "U") automatic power transfer switch for data centers.

The Zonit µATS™ takes no rack space, and provides redundant "A-B" power to single-power-supply devices such as servers and routers. It also facilitates fast, easy "hot moves" of equipment -- in the rack, from rack to rack, or from rack to off-site. In addition, the Zonit Micro ATS features an efficient design which uses only 125 mA (milli-amps) of energy, much less than 1U comparatively featured automatic transfer switches.

The Zonit µATS™ plugs directly into the back of single-power-supply devices (such as servers, routers, and switches), and it can be moved with the device for "hot moves." It features two power cords and intelligent circuitry that monitors the power quality of the primary power source. If the primary "A-source" power quality becomes unacceptable, the Zonit µATS™ automatically switches over and draws power from the back-up "B-source," thus keeping the device to which it's connected up and running. The first Zonit µATS™ model is available in a 15-amp, 120-volt version.

"Receiving approval from Underwriter's Laboratory is a significant milestone for Zonit, because we now can proceed to manufacturing," said Zonit Chairman & Founder Bill Pachoud. "Response to this efficient device from customers and distributors has been very strong, and the UL approval was the last step needed to be able to manufacture and bring the Zonit Micro ATS to market."

The Zonit µATS™ is available through multiple Zonit channel partners. To purchase the product, contact Zonit Vice President of Sales & Marketing Ric Lukasiewicz at 720.266.0056.

"This is a time when data center managers are being called upon to find every way possible to reduce operating expenses," said Mr. Lukasiewicz. "The Zonit Micro Automatic Transfer Switch will be a welcome addition to any data center that needs a cost-effective, energy-efficient way to provide redundant power to mission-critical servers and routers, or move equipment more efficiently."

Benefits of the Zonit µATS™

  • Provides convenient redundant power paths for single-power-corded devices
  • Uses less energy than comparably featured automatic transfer switches
  • Allows the usage of uniform A-B power everywhere in the data center (Eliminates the need to buy a second power supply for single-power-supply devices)
  • Enables 99%+ efficient power distribution designs for data centers
  • Can reduce dual UPS power losses by 3-5% annually through a "load shifting" strategy that maximizes Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) usage efficiency
  • Saves rack space (Competing products have a 1U form factor and use rack space; the Zonit Micro ATS does not use any rack space)
  • Enables the easy relocation of data center equipment via "hot moves"
  • Significantly improves data center equipment uptime

How the Zonit µATS™ Saves Money

  • Eliminates the need to buy a second power supply for single-power-supply devices
  • Saves data center rack space, which can be used for servers, routers, and switches
  • Allows for the use of inexpensive filtered utility line power
  • Enables increased power system efficiency
  • Minimizes waste from UPS power conversion losses
  • Improves uptime
  • Built to last; can be re-used when a device is replaced with a newer generation of server, router, or switch

About Zonit Structured Solutions
Zonit Structured Solutions (www.zonit.com) is a Colorado-based company that started operations and product development in 2002 as part of Root Group (www.rootgroup.com) -- which has been delivering data center solutions and products since 1989. Zonit was formally incorporated into its own company in 2007 to bring products to market under the Zonit brand. Zonit provides innovative technology products and solutions in data center power distribution and power management systems, resulting in increased efficiency, reduced operational costs, and reduced energy consumption for data centers. Zonit can be reached at: 720.266.0050, info@zonit.com or www.zonit.com.

Zonit® and µATS™ are trademarks of Zonit Structured Solutions.

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