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Eaton launches UPSs to meet needs of next-generation data centres

30 September 2013

New UPS designs offer increased efficiency with reliability, faster time to market for data centre operators and the opportunity for more flexible data centre design

Power management company Eaton has launched a range of uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) designed to meet the needs of next generation data centres by bridging the gap between energy efficiency and scalability.

Energy efficiency is rapidly rising up the priority list for data centre operators as energy prices continue to rise and energy supplies become more unreliable. The new Eaton 93PM units, in power ratings from 30 to 200 Kilowatts (kW), are designed with these needs in mind. Using Eaton technologies including Energy Saver System (ESS) and HotSync, Eaton UPSs adjust to power conditions and demand to maintain the best possible level of efficiency in any situation.

“Energy efficiency has historically taken the back seat to uptime in data centres – the electricity bill was another cost of business,” says Cyrille Brisson, vice president of Eaton’s EMEA Power Quality business. “This era is coming to an end. Companies are risking their competitiveness by failing to invest in energy efficiency, possibly because they believe achieving this means sacrificing uptime.

“This is no longer the case. Reliable access to affordable energy is a growing problem and as such more energy-efficient data centres are increasingly an essential requirement for our customers.”

The flexibility of the new 93PM UPSs is a result of the units’ modular design. This makes it simple and cost-effective to scale the system as load demands change without increasing the footprint, enabling users to reduce capital expenditure and adopt a ‘pay-as-you-grow’ approach. The inclusion of Eaton’s patented Hot Sync wireless paralleling technology also means a system can be designed, or is scalable, up to a power rating of 800 kw, maximising availability without compromising resilience and reliability.

The new UPSs offer the lowest possible Total Cost of Ownership by enabling users to take full advantage of the operational efficiency provided by Energy Saver System (ESS) mode. ESS automatically and continuously matches the operation of the UPS to the incoming power quality allowing an efficiency of 99% to be achieved.

When required, ESS transitions the UPS seamlessly to double conversion mode in less than two milliseconds and delivers an unmatched efficiency of up to 97% whilst at the same time removing any abnormalities in the utility power. The new 93PM UPSs also have a power factor of 1.0 and so enable users to further improve their Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).

Eaton has given careful attention to the usability of its new UPSs, all of which include an intuitive touch screen that provides essential status information at a glance in both graphical and numerical formats. The new UPSs also incorporate a web interface that allows them to be managed and monitored remotely, and to be easily integrated with facilities
management systems.

Eaton’s Intelligent Power Manger (IPM) software is supplied as standard with the new UPSs. It allows a deep, yet easy to implement ‘plug in’ integration with all major virtualisation platforms including VMWare, vCentre, Microsoft Systems Centre and Citrix XENCentre. It also protects customers’ applications by making the hypervisors aware of power conditions and triggering the appropriate response such as VM migration, load shedding or site recovery to ensure business continuity in case of power failure.

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