Eaton Helps Optimize IBM’s Portable Modular Data Center Design with Solutions for the Complete Electrical Infrastructure

Date: December 2, 2009

RALEIGH, N.C. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) today announced it is providing power management support for IBM’s Portable Modular Data Center (PMDC). A broad range of Eaton’s power quality and power distribution components integrate with IBM’s fully functional modular data center. The PMDC can be shipped and rapidly deployed with a complete physical infrastructure in any environment.

“Eaton has a long history of working with Information Technology (IT) managers and chief information officers (CIOs) to achieve cost savings and execute sustainable strategies with its industry-leading advances in power distribution, power quality and enterprise software solutions,” said Jerry R. Whitaker, president, Electrical Sector – Americas. “Power usage represents a significant cost when operating a facility. The ability to plan, build and maintain a highly energy-efficient data center is essential to meet business objectives.”

Eaton’s energy-efficient solutions provide high power density with space-saving design as an integral part of IBM’s PMDC. The Eaton 9395 uninterruptible power system (UPS), for example, is an ideal power protection solution for IBM’s PMDC; it has the smallest footprint and lowest weight of any UPS in its class and the ability to achieve 99 percent efficiency with Eaton’s Energy Saver System.

“IBM’s PMDC is part of our strategy to deliver a cost-effective and flexible family of modular data center solutions to businesses facing significant capital and operational costs,” said Steve Sams, IBM vice president, Global Site and Facilities Services. “Eaton has been working with IBM since the launch of Project Big Green and continues to develop innovative products that significantly reduce energy consumption while still achieving critically high standards for power quality.”
IBM and Eaton already have experience working together on IBM’s PMDC solutions such as the PMDC containers installed at an IBM data center location in Europe which features an Eaton 550 kVA UPS, N+1 configuration, with 20 minutes of battery runtime, and associated switchgear. This installation also features a 1 megawatt diesel generator as part of the electrical infrastructure.

In 2007, IBM launched Project Big Green and committed $1 billion per year to deliver technologies that help clients dramatically increase the level of energy efficiency in their data centers. IBM introduced the PMDC as part of the second phase of Project Big Green to drive modular data center design solutions to allow clients to pay as they grow reducing capital and operating costs.

IBM will showcase some of Eaton’s energy-efficient UPSs and electrical solutions as part of IBM’s PMDC demonstration unit during the Gartner 28th Data Center Conference in Las Vegas, Dec. 1-4.

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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 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit .

Mike DeCamp
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