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Eaton Corp. Announces New Energy Management System for Data Centers

March 20, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Eaton Corp. introduced its Powerware® Energy Management System to optimize power utilization and availability for all levels of power distribution systems in data centers, including real-time metering at the branch-circuit level.

Today, IT and facility managers protect electrical systems with uninterruptible power systems (UPS), battery backup, generators and system-wide monitoring. Millions of dollars are invested in such measures, but a single point-of-failure remains – the branch circuit. Some organizations address this concern by periodically checking current loads with hand-held meters. Unfortunately, occasional sampling can easily miss problem conditions that often appear and disappear in a matter of microseconds.

The Powerware Energy Management System offers a new way to ensure reliable, continuous power at the branch circuit, sub-feed and main breaker levels. The system provides comprehensive, real-time metering to the branch circuit, issues warnings and alarms if current loads or environmental conditions exceed user-defined thresholds, tracks event history, collects data from up to eight panel boards and up to 336 pole positions in a single system and supports Power Distribution Units and Remote Power Panels from Eaton and other manufacturers.

The Powerware Energy Management System continuously measures the current on all breaker levels and warns users of impending trouble. By providing critical insight to data center and facility managers, a proactive approach can be taken to more effectively manage energy consumption to prevent overload conditions, optimize power distribution, and, when applicable, allocate energy cost among internal departments.

The Powerware Energy Management System is well-suited for data centers, network operation centers, collection facilities, hospitals, universities and manufacturing facilities as the system boasts the broadest list of measured and reported critical parameters in the market. The system has a built-in real time clock, which can time-stamp all events on the power distribution system and store up to 23 months of data, which can be displayed on the state-of-the-art local display or communicated to a remote monitoring platform for diagnostics, load profiling and energy planning.