Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Industries Pty Ltd has introduced a new range of rack power distribution solutions designed to offer accurate power monitoring and management at the individual outlet level in data centres.
The new enclosure power distribution units (ePDUs) provide Intelligent Power distribution to optimise available power in data centres and control the total cost of ownership.
Designed for the needs of the modern data centre, the new set consists of enhanced Managed ePDUs and an entirely new range of Switched and Advanced Monitored ePDUs.
While the Advanced Monitored ePDUs include features such as highly accurate kilowatt-hour monitoring and the Switched ePDU enables remote shut-off and restart of data centre equipment, Managed ePDUs combine features from both Switched and Advanced Monitored ePDUs for total control.
Designed specifically for the data centre environment to provide maximum availability, the new ePDUs also fit into industry-standard IT racks thanks to Eaton’s patented mounting system.
According to Ciaran Bolton, Product Manager for Eaton’s Distributed Power Quality business, APAC, two key trends in data centres include a demand for higher availability from today’s IT equipment, and increasing costs of powering that IT equipment.
Consequently, data centre managers are under growing pressure to manage and optimise their available power for growth, simultaneously managing the increasing associated costs while maintaining reliability.
Key features of Eaton ePDUs:
- Allows users to track and monitor power right down to the server level including volt, ampere, watt and kilowatt-hour measurements to 1% accuracy
- Granular level of monitoring empowers users to make more informed decisions on capacity and power usage
- Allows switching and sequencing of outlets and outlet groups with outlet number identifications colour coded to match outlet section to the appropriate circuit breaker
- Optional Environmental Monitoring Probe available to track temperature, humidity and contact closure at the rack level to identify hot spots and reduce cooling costs
- New advanced pixel LCD display provides local readings for phase balancing and loading
- Eaton’s Intelligent Power Manager monitoring software enables users to monitor right down to the individual outlet from a single interface