December 2, 2008

Eaton’s New Power Distribution Rack Is Designed For The Realities Of The Modern Data Center

RALEIGH, N.C. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced the Eaton Power Distribution Rack (PDR) to offer data center managers flexible, high-density power distribution for rack environments with a highly-compact footprint. Eaton will debut the PDR at the Gartner 27th Annual Data Center Conference Dec. 2-5 in Las Vegas.

The PDR offers a space-saving way to distribute power throughout the data center with up to 168 factory-installed branch breakers. Its flexible design for high-density racks offers the traditional 225A or 400A panels to make full use of all 42 pole positions, if needed, without jeopardizing the critical load.

“In today’s data center floor space is costly, change is inevitable and uptime is critical,” said Naveen Halbhavi, product line manager, Eaton Data Center Solutions. “The PDR was designed to address these issues associated with the modern, adaptable data center. We want our customers to have confidence that the power circuits serving their blade servers and other essential equipment are appropriately loaded and capable of supporting the constant demand for high-availability.”

The standalone PDR is fully configured and factory-tested, which makes installation easy and convenient. It is simple to retrofit any existing distribution system with a choice of top or bottom cable entry as well as front and/or rear power panels. In addition, the PDR can be placed in the middle or at the end of a row, enabling the user to minimize cable runs, leverage floor space wisely and easily execute moves, adds and changes.

An added benefit of the PDR is its aesthetically pleasing appearance. Unlike other bulky power distribution equipment options, the PDR’s streamline rack enclosure will not distract from a sleek, modern rack line-up. In addition, technicians can locally support monitoring and configuration with an at-a-glance view of system status on a large LCD.

Additional features of the PDR include:

• Spacious wireways, hinged doors and removable side panels for easy service access.

• Extensive monitoring options including the Eaton Energy Management System and branch circuit monitoring to manage and monitor power down to individual circuits.

• Detailed event and trend information to support capacity planning and avoid unexpected breaker tripping.

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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 power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 82,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit


Mike DeCamp
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