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Cloud-based Analytics Predict Data Center Power Component Failure

October 04, 2016 by Jeff Shepard

Power management company Eaton announced the United States launch of PredictPulse™ Insight, the first cloud-based analytics service for data center infrastructure to help predict the failure of power components. The new service adds predictive analytics to Eaton’s next-generation PredictPulse remote monitoring service, shifting power monitoring from a reactive to a proactive model. Using innovative algorithms and predictive modeling, the new service continuously assesses the likelihood of component failures in uninterruptible power systems (UPSs), helping information technology (IT) professionals reduce the risk of downtime in their data center infrastructures.

PredictPulse Insight collects and analyzes data from the UPS and, using proprietary modeling and advanced algorithms, attempts to identify component failures ahead of time. This enables Eaton’s certified technicians to proactively remedy issues and replace essential UPS components rather than reacting should one of these components fail.

“As the industrial Internet-of-Things and Big Data continue to make their way into IT infrastructures, companies are only beginning to understand how they can strategically harness the power of data sciences – namely, diagnostics, predictive and prescriptive analytics – to positively impact their businesses,” said Ram Ramakrishnan, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Eaton. “Eaton stands at the forefront of this innovation, as we have pioneered the application of predictive analytics to create a more intelligent data center. The introduction of PredictPulse Insight is a major milestone in our ongoing charge to reshape companies’ perceptions of the role power management plays in a holistic IT strategy.”

The service bridges Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) and traditional operational tools to reduce the risk of downtime and allow IT professionals and facility managers to focus on other initiatives that strategically impact the business.

With PredictPulse Insight, users receive real-time information using an online dashboard so operators can monitor what is happening with their power infrastructure and connect quickly to an Eaton monitoring specialist. Users can view real-time device details, alarms, key performance metrics, service history and contact information from their online dashboard to remain up to speed on the status of their power infrastructure and any trends that develop. Additionally, the service’s mobile app shows alarm status, saving valuable time during a critical event where users may be away from their dashboard.

“We’ve applied Big Data innovation to remote power monitoring in a way that hasn’t been done with data center infrastructure,” said Del Misenheimer, senior vice president, Power Quality division, Eaton. “Because of our rich data, our proprietary modeling and our years of expertise in delivering power management service for our customers, Eaton is uniquely positioned to accomplish this.”

PredictPulse Insight is easy to install using standard Eaton network cards and can be customized to meet specific end user needs, including changing or deleting devices, adjusting coworker access and setting escalation preferences. Users receive monthly email reports that summarize the past 30 days of status, performance and alarms, upcoming maintenance and personalized energy savings summaries. Ultimately, the service uses detailed algorithms and expertise to help protect mission critical operations and improve business continuity.