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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.

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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Video Link Part 1


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

SHARK WEEK! 
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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"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"