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SubjectRe: APC, Your company is making a mistake!
Don't give up on Apc-upses ...  See:

Mike A. Harris wrote:
> On Sat, 10 Oct 1998, Micah Yoder wrote:
> >Regarding this letter which was recently sent to APC and the RedHat
> >mailing list,
> >
> >I too will soon be buying a UPS for a server. One of my top concerns is
> >open source drivers. Unless APC changes its policy on this soon I will
> >almost certainly go with Best.
> Just yesterday afternoon, I was at a colleague's workplace
> afterhours working on some computers, and mentioned my UPS
> problem. They have a Best Fortress UPS, I'm not sure what the
> exact model is but can certainly find out if anyone is
> interested. This thing is a very nice beast! It is quite a huge
> UPS, larger than my current needs require, but nonetheless it was
> a nice piece of equipment.
> At any rate, he told me some stories of power outages, etc that
> they had had in the past with an APC unit, and when their server
> was NT, it worked fine most of the time. They did lose data on a
> couple occasions, and it was difficult to point fingers at either
> the APC software, or at NT. Due to other problems with NT,
> they've switched to using a Linux server, and their UPS did not
> work with Linux properly due to lack of support. Since they
> cannot afford to fiddle around, they investigated the market, and
> discovered Best.
> Since then, they've put the Best UPS into place, and have
> software running flawlessly under Linux, with source code, etc...
> Full specifications, and helpful support on the phone as well,
> from Best.
> He give me a demonstration of the Best Ferrups UPS by yanking the
> plug, etc... and showing me the software for Linux. I must say
> that I was impressed with what I saw, and moreso that Best
> directly supports Linux like they do.
> I'm awaiting a reply from APC currently about info on their
> products, as well as Tripp Lite, but so far from what everyone is
> saying, "Best" seems to be the better product technically, as
> well as for support. I need to have support across platforms for
> the equipment that I buy, and when a company is flexible like
> Best is, that catches my eye. When I see people raving about how
> great their products are, and see it for myself, then my eyes
> open wider - and so does my wallet.
> When I started out, I was leaning towards APC, however now after
> some investigation, I'm leaning more heavily towards Best for
> deployment with my customers. I mean, if I can easily support
> many platforms with one product, why mix and match different
> vendors for different customers? I personally like to stick with
> well known companies, ones that support their product as much as
> possible. Open sourcing specs and code, is surely one way to
> catch my eye, and my money.
> Linux is a growing field of endeavour. Open source is a good
> thing. Companies that support open source, and support Linux,
> will certainly be cashing in as Linux usage explodes over the
> next few years.
> Anyone interested in checking out the wonderful Best Power
> products, please visit:
> And more specifically:
> This page shows the multiplatform support they offer. It is
> quite extensive. All UNIX software comes with source code.
> Damned good way of doing business IMHO. I'll see what my
> customers think about the various options that are available, and
> post back.
> So far, I'm practically sold on Best, unless some miracle happens
> or some salesman convinces me otherwise.
> What are other people's experiences with Best?
> --
> Mike A. Harris - Computer Consultant - Linux advocate
> Linux software galore:
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