April 28, 2008
Eaton Revolutionizes The Way Information Technology Managers View Electricity With Unprecedented Visibility To Critical Power Events
CLEVELAND … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced today the Power Xpert® Server Solution, a revolutionary way for Information Technology (IT) managers to view and manage electrical power in their data centers and server rooms. The Power Xpert Server Solution provides unprecedented visibility into critical electrical power events, energy consumption and power trends.
Electrical power is one of the most overlooked critical factors in IT facilities due to inherent threats such as power sags, swells and transients. Eaton’s Power Xpert Server Solution represents a new generation of power quality instrumentation that reduces daily operating costs and helps avoid costly business interruptions. IT professionals can now see both conditioned power in the data center and unconditioned power entering the facility. This allows users to understand energy usage patters, identify peak load times, determine energy-hog equipment, realize energy savings and automatically analyze power events.
“Topics of hard drive utilization, bandwidth usage and CPU capacity are all second nature to IT managers. However, the entire community of IT professionals is increasingly being asked to understand electricity because damaging power disturbances such as sags, swells and transients pose threats to critical infrastructure equipment,” said Jim Thompson, product line manager, Software and Meters, at Eaton. “The Power Xpert Server Solution is a single server that runs continuously to monitor the single most misunderstood component in data centers, server rooms or other IT facilities – the power.”
The Power Xpert Server Solution is comprised of a power quality meter, Ethernet switch, current transformer and installation equipment. The server solution demystifies power quality by presenting complex electrical data in a simple and easy graphical format. The patent pending Power Quality Index uses a traffic light (green-yellow-red) temperature gauge to show the status of the data center’s power quality. The system does not require additional software or equipment. Monitoring and management are available through a Web browser.
”The Power Xpert Server Solution measures, trends, analyzes and captures waveforms while serving Web pages. No matter if you are a PhD-level power quality engineer, or an IT system-level administrator, these instruments provide you with the level of information needed, in an easy-to-understand graphical user interface,” added Thompson.
Power Xpert Server Solution features include:
• View the Power Quality Index graphic with a standard Web browser
• Identify critical power events based on the ITIC (CBEMA) Curve
• Automatically capture and categorize events; accessible via browser or FTP
• Manage energy consumption and identify loads, trends and issues
• Alerts by email, including enclosed waveforms
• SNMP support allows integration into Network Management Systems
• Communicate with Modbus TCP/RTU to Building Management Systems
• Award winning Power Xpert technology
For additional information on the Power Xpert Server Solution and to download the product data sheets, visit www.eaton.com/powerxpertserver.
Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader in electrical control, power distribution, uninterruptible power supply and industrial automation products and services. Eaton’s global electrical brands, including Cutler-Hammer®, MGE Office Protection Systems™, Powerware®, Holec®, MEM®, Santak and Moeller, provide customer-driven PowerChain Management® solutions to serve the power system needs of the industrial, institutional, government, utility, commercial, residential, IT, mission critical and OEM markets worldwide.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2007 sales of $13.0 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; hydraulics, fuel and pneumatic systems for commercial and military aircraft; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 79,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.