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Throwback Thursday: Circa 1997

Posted by Allison Boen

Thu, 30 Oct, 2014 @ 09:23 PM

As we start to celebrate our 20th year in business, we here at Alcatex are feeling nostalgic... Remember those ITEC shows here in Dallas?

Here is part of the Team back in 1997: Some things change, some things stay the same, and some of us dont age a bit!  

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We still Provide Back-up Generators and UPS solutions, we still Buy Used Generators, and we still love a good trade show.

Connecticut Generator Demolition Project

Posted by Allison Boen

Thu, 02 Oct, 2014 @ 09:13 PM

Here are a few pictures from a Generator Removal done recently in Connecticut.

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Always remember and never forget:

If you are leaving an existing Data Center to move to a COLO, consolidate your data centers or moving to a new facility, we want to buy your old equipment!

Alcatex has over 20 years of experience removing data center equipment. Our references include many of the Fortune 100.

Generators, like this unit removed from a site in CT last weekend, are tailored to each location and customers needs to help recover part of your investment.

400 Ton Chiller Lift "Like a Boss"!

Posted by Carlton Griffis

Wed, 27 Aug, 2014 @ 08:59 PM

Watch how Alcatex push-pulls 400 Ton Chillers "Like a Boss"!

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But seriously, we make it look easy.

It took more than a year of planning to perform the "seamless" transition that you see here. This was performed on a production Data Center in Austin Texas for the Fortune 100 Company, Waste Managment. 

This "Trane" has left the station... 

2014 Alcatex Annual Fishing Excursion - SHARK WEEK!

Posted by Allison Boen

Thu, 31 Jul, 2014 @ 04:45 PM

Sharks weren't prepared for the sheer devestation that Alcatex brought to the Gulf of Mexico last week for our annual Alcatex Deep Sea Fishing trip!

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        Alcatex was pleased to have a few of our valued customers attending the trip! 

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 Here is the entire catch! (We actually had to give some away because the fishing skills are too great)

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                                     And here is the Catch of the day!

                                   (Carlton Griffis and his son, Carlton IV)


For those of you that missed this year's annual trip, plan for June 28th of 2015!


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AFCOM Data Center World Was A Hit!

Posted by Allison Boen

Mon, 05 May, 2014 @ 08:10 PM

Alcatex attended the AFCOM Data Center World in Las Vegas last week and what a great show it was!

Aside from walking up and down the unending rows of exhibits in the AFCOM show room, we hosted our very own Happy Hour at the Rhumbar in the Mirage Hotel!

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It was a great decision! We were able to reconnect with many Customers we have known for years- as well as meet new ones!  We also had the opportunity to renew friendships with other Vendors that attended.  

AFCOM Data Center World Las Vegas...Priceless!  


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Alcatex - Processor Magazine's "Company to Watch"

Posted by Allison Boen

Wed, 23 Apr, 2014 @ 09:55 PM

Check out Alcatex's half-page Ad in Processor Magazine as a "Company to Watch"!

Processor will be giving away this issue in their booth at AFCOM Data Center World in Las Vegas next week, and so will Alcatex!




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"Don't Drink the Kool-Aid!"

Posted by Carlton Griffis

Thu, 13 Feb, 2014 @ 09:56 PM

I had the opportunity to visit a large Data Center the other day for a survey to provide evaluation of the existing Data Center Infrastructure equipment.

While on the tour, I noticed the server racks had cooling coils mounted on the back doors, some two, some three. As I investigated, I noticed that there were many unusual risky elements that could cause significant damage as well as potentially shut down the entire operation in the event of failure. At this point, I decided to stop counting all the potential risks and looked at the system from an objective point of view. That is when I realized that I had stumbled upon another trend”. The proverbial magic serum that cures all that ails in a single bottle. 

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This was unfortunately one of the many cooling solutions that swept the industry in the last few decades, and like many of those solutions, they no longer exist. This particular Customer searched the nation for all the spare parts they could buy to postpone the inevitable expenditure for a modern solution upgrade.

For now, I feel vindicated. Call me Old School, but I have always sided with proven technology, relying on the products and solutions that have experienced the maximum reliability and longevity. But keep in mind, there are only a handful of companies that meet this criteria and I have lost several projects in the past to widget dealers proposing these “trends” as the next best thing in the industry. (Who remembers Mr. Haney?)

This said, I am not completely negative about new technology and ideas that are presented as potential solutions to the Data Center. I have seen many of great ideas that should and could work, but, to me, most still fall into the category of  trends”. 

If we want to remain strong in this industry, we must continue to provide rock solid, proven technological solutions that will allow us, and the companies we support, to sleep comfortably at night and not worry about the choices we make.

Whatever you do... "Don't Drink the Kool Aid"

To Kick Off February! (Alcatex Mobilized!)

Posted by Allison Boen

Tue, 04 Feb, 2014 @ 10:01 PM

Today you see almost everyone using some type of mobile device.  Ipads, Nabis, tablets, or the latest smartphone! In fact, "The Internet of Things" (IoT) is the new buzzword regarding our need for increasingly connected devices!

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Because applications are addicting! One minute, you are checking your email or how many "likes" you got on a picture you posted, then the next you find yourself watching funny cat videos. 

Its very clear, Mobile devices are not only the present, but the future of business. We at Alcatex strive to stay cutting-edge in the field of technology, and have recently became a bit more convinient to the traveling business person. Our website is now Mobile!

So go check out our Website on your Ipad, Iphone, Android or whatever new gadget that will be outdated and obsolete next year!



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Data Center World 2014!!! (Trends or Attractions?)

Posted by Allison Boen

Thu, 23 Jan, 2014 @ 10:25 PM

DATA CENTER WORLD 2014!! April 28-May 2-The Mirage Resort- Las Vegas, Nevada

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Sounds great, doesn't it? We're all going to start booking our flights to Las Vegas Right?

Well, Hold on... Maybe I need to look at Trade Shows from the ROI angle.

"But I want to go! Everyone is going to be there!"  And yes, Alcatex has been a sponsor of AFCOM in Vegas for three years, but these are challenging times.

As we roll into 2014, while Companies have been cutting back due to this economy, where does this leave you?

I would like to beg the question:
Are you going to Vegas to find out the new trends in the Data Center Industry, or see The Beatles and eat the Buffet?


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Virtualized Disaster Recovery Presentation in Dallas

Posted by Allison Boen

Fri, 17 May, 2013 @ 07:34 PM

Dallas Virtualized Disaster Recovery Presentation

A Case for Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery, Backup and Restore: Cost Controls, Increased Manageability and Flexibility

Dates: May 21, 2013

Locations: Dallas, TX


***Please contact Allison Boen at allisonb@alcatexinc.com or 972-226-0047 and she will get you signed up!!!


Detailed Schedule and Location

  • Dallas, TX / Tuesday, May 21, 11:30am to 1:30pm
    NYLO Hotel – Dallas / Las Colinas
    Midtown Ballroom
    1001 West Royal Lane
    Irving, TX 75039

Event Description

Verizon Terremark is proud to offer a series of educational events focused on empowering our clients with information regarding the latest technology developments in the disaster recovery and business continuity space.

IT departments everywhere, regardless of the storage platforms they own, struggle with the cost and complexity of maintaining a high-performing, reliable disaster recovery and business continuity environment. They weigh the risk versus cost formulas and often have no choice but to cut corners that can compromise their ability to support their organization and failover effectively should a power outage, natural disaster or other impending incident affect their production environments.

This presentation will feature an in-depth look at cloud-based, disaster recovery and business continuity solutions, backed by NetApp storage, that make low cost, highly-reliable, disaster recovery/business continuity solutions available to organizations with virtualized environments.

The solutions support all storage environments and require no CAPEX. It’s cloud and software-as-a- service (SAAS) based meaning you leverage a best-in-breed environment, but only pay for the share of the system you actually use. This assures you have a secondary environment and business continuity features equal to or better than your production environment for use should the worse case scenario pay you a visit.

Topics Discussed

  • The industry trend towards cloud environments and the implications for secondary / disaster recovery / business continuity environments.
  • The cost reduction, efficiency improvement and flexibility opportunities cloud technologies combined with virtualization solutions can offer when considering different disaster recovery / business continuity configurations.
  • The architecture underpinning these disaster recovery / business continuity solutions and how they facilitate cost reduction for environments regardless of their current storage platforms.