Date: 2/9/09

PITTSBURGH … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced that its ePDUs® have been tested and approved to support IBM® Systems Director Active Energy Manager™ V4.1. These enclosure-based power distribution units allow users to effectively measure power usage and temperature within the data center at the system, chassis or rack level. The latest Active Energy Manager release, version 4.1, offers power-trending support for older systems, low- and mid-range storage devices and non-IBM systems through the use of Eaton® ePDUs.

As part of IBM’s Cool Blue™ portfolio within Project Big Green, Active Energy Manager is an IBM Systems Director V6.1 plug-in that provides customers with a view of actual power consumed within data centers, using autonomic capabilities to track energy consumption across multiple platforms.

“By providing access to accurate, detailed information on power usage, Information Technology (IT) and facility managers can manage data centers for optimal energy efficiency, migrating workloads to eliminate hot spots or transferring work from underutilized systems to conserve energy,” said Michael Camesano, Eaton product manager.

IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V4.1 is compatible with a wide variety of Eaton ePDUs, including Monitored ePDUs, Switched ePDUs and Eaton remote power panel (RPP) models with a Power Xpert® Gateway Series 1000 card.

“The detailed power information provided by Eaton’s ePDUs helps customers solve a wide range of energy-related issues in their data centers,” said Camesano. “This information is instrumental in identifying underutilized or energy-wasting servers, hone in on hot spots or overburdened loads and even pinpoint racks with available power capacity to support additional IT equipment.” 

Eaton’s ePDUs complement uninterruptible power systems (UPSs) by distributing power to up to 24 or 45 receptacles in high-density rack environments or other applications requiring conditioned power distribution. Offering the unique advantage of providing a tiered set of PDU product families along two dimensions—power capacity and functionality—Eaton ePDUs allow users to select the precise combination of features and power ratings needed for specific applications.

In addition, IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V4.1 is compatible with a broad range of Eaton UPSs  including the 5110, 5115, 5125, 9120, 9125, 9140, 9155, 9170+, FERRUPS®, BladeUPS®, 9315, 9355, 9390 and 9395.

For additional information on IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V4.1 please visit: . For additional information on Eaton’s line of ePDUs, please visit .

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader in power distribution, power quality, control and industrial automation products and services. Eaton’s global electrical product lines, including Cutler-Hammer®, Moeller®, Powerware®, Holec®, MEM®, Santak®, and MGE Office Protection Systems™ provide customer-driven PowerChain Management®  solutions to serve the power system needs of the data center, industrial, institutional, government, utility, commercial, residential, and OEM markets worldwide.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2008 sales of $15.4 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and 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 approximately 75,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit .

Mark Horner
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