Matrix and PowerChute® plus

APC Matrix-UPS works with APC’s PowerChute® plus UPS power management and diagnostic software to provide network administrators with useful UPS information and great flexibility in configuring UPS reaction to power events. By tailoring each UPS to the network environment you can significantly enhance network performance and reliability. Use your APC Matrix-UPS in conjunction with PowerChute plus for maximum, custom protection. In addition to extensive unattended system shutdown, you’ll get UPS testing/status, remote UPS management and environmental/power monitoring. (PowerChute plus supports Novell NetWare, Windows, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows for Workgroups and SCO Unix. Click here for more information on PowerChute plus for use with other operating systems.

APC’s PowerChute plus includes APC’s PowerNet SNMP Agent for Windows NT and NetWare and also offers integration and compatibility with Compaq Insight Manager, IBM Netfinity and HP NetServer Assistant. OS/2 and AIX support available separately. PowerChute plus is included with Matrix products purchased in North America. PowerChute plus sold separately in other regions.

 FlexEvents allow administrators to plan for and control crisis situations

New FlexEvents allow users to customize the APC Matrix-UPS reaction to all power events. For each possible power event the user has the option of choosing up to seven items from a list of possible UPS actions. Actions include: Log Event, Notify Administrator, Notify Users, Shut Down Server, Run Command File, Page, Send E-Mail. Customizing UPS actions allows you to plan for and control crisis situations before they can cause downtime or threaten data.


 Software configurable features

Customize the operation of an APC Matrix-UPS to your environment and needs. With PowerChute plus software as well as the PowerNet SNMP Adapter you can adjust eleven operating parameters. Settings are stored in APC Matrix-UPSs permanent memory (EEPROM). The following parameters are adjustable:

Users may assign any 8 character string to assist in UPS identification. For example, UPS ID may be server name or UPS location.

Low transfer
Low transfer voltage may be moved downward to extend brownout range, or upward to protect sensitive equipment.

High transfer
High transfer voltage may be moved lower to protect sensitive equipment, or higher to conserve battery during extended high line voltage conditions.

Sensitivity to line noise may be adjusted for fuel powered AC generator applications.

Self test
APC Matrix-UPS automatically performs a self-test every two weeks. This ensures a weakening battery will be detected before it’s too late. Users can opt for weekly testing, testing at start up only, or no automatic self test.

The audible alarm may be suppressed or delayed to eliminate nuisance alarms.

Shutdown delay
The delay between when the "shutdown signal" is sent from the CPU to UPS and when the UPS "shuts down" can be adjusted for special applications.

Return delay
Allows multiple APC Matrix-UPS on the same power grid or circuit to stagger or sequence their return from shutdown once the utility line returns.

Output voltage
For 230V models only. On-battery output voltage may be adjusted between 225 and 240 volts to match local voltage.

Low battery capacity
The low battery warning may be moved from 2 minutes up to 10 minutes before battery exhaustion. This allows plenty of time for safe shutdown of complex applications.

Minimum battery capacity
When utility line returns after a shutdown, Matrix-UPS can ensure that the batteries first recharge to allow for subsequent safe shutdown for fileservers and CPUs. For telecom or hub applications APC Matrix-UPS can be set to reboot immediately.

 SNMP compatibility for enterprise UPS power management

SNMP Ready for Servers
The APC Matrix-UPS series supports the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) via APC’s PowerNet® SNMP family of products. PowerNet SNMP products deliver warnings regarding power events and UPS status to any Network Management Station whether the UPS is located 20 feet or 2000 miles away.

APC’s PowerNet SNMP Agent, included with PowerChute® plus permits you to monitor and control the APC UPSs protecting servers along your entire network data path.

This same worldwide power management capability for Matrix-UPS protecting multiple servers or internetworking equipment is available via the SmartSlot PowerNet SNMP Adapter sold separately.

 NEW for PowerChute plus

WebAgent Plug-in
WebAgent allows UPS monitoring utilizing a Web Browser. Users have access to their Web server UPS information from anywhere on the Internet or Intranet. It is no longer necessary for the administrator to be logged into the network in order to monitor the UPS/power information.

Microsoft BackOffice Compatible
APC’s PowerChute plus earned Microsoft’s approval for use with BackOffice. PowerChute plus functions properly in the BackOffice environment and avoids conflicts with Microsoft Windows NT.

Schedule UPS self tests and shutdowns
Use PowerChute plus to schedule unattended UPS self tests, server shutdowns, and UPS runtime calibrations. SmartScheduling (not available for all operating systems) provides a more powerful and easier to use interface for scheduling of these actions.

DMI Compliant
PowerChute plus is now manageable via the DMI protocol permitting seamless integration with DMI-based server management packages such as Intel’s LANDesk Server Manager.

WorkSafe feature
In the event of a power outage, PowerChute plus will activate the WorkSafe feature which saves open files and gracefully closes open applications. Applications supported include Microsoft Office, PerfectOffice, and Lotus SmartSuite.

Certification by operating system and application vendors
Since APC UPS software is tested and certified for operating systems such as Novell NetWare, IBM OS/2 and LAN Server, SunSoft Solaris, and Microsoft Windows, you are ensured of operating system vendor support, as well as compatible operation when using APC software.