Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2010 sales of $13.7 billion. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, 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 73,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit

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Video: Professor Wattson: Converged Infrastructure

by EatonApr 01, 2014

Converged Infrastructure is a growing trend, and you, too, can easily implement it. Get a clear view of the integrated solutions that go into an IT rack. Professor Wattson will be your guide.

Video: Professor Wattson: Real Power For Virtualization

by EatonApr 01, 2014

Virtual environments run more services on less hardware. But that obvious benefit also means keeping services up and running is more critical. Professor Wattson explains.

Whitepaper: Simplifying Power Management In Virtualized Data Centers

by EatonMar 25, 2014

Eaton's Intelligent Power Manager (IPM) can help IT managers reap the benefits of virtualization. In particular, it comes with a plug-in for VMware's vCenter Server, currently the most popular virtualization management solution on the market. It enables IT managers to administer their backup power and power distribution assets in sophisticated ways via the same console they use to manage their physical and virtual servers.

This technology brief discusses the factors behind virtualization's skyrocketing popularity, as well as the power management difficulties that virtualized data centers often encounter. It then provides an overview of how IPM helps mitigate those complexities, along with detailed step-by-step instructions for installing and using the IPM plug-in for vCenter Server.

Whitepaper: Powering Converged Infrastructure

by EatonMar 24, 2014

Converged infrastructures utilize virtualization and automation to achieve high levels of availability in a cost-effective manner. In fact, converged infrastructures are so resilient that some IT managers believe they can be safely and reliably operated without the assistance of uninterruptible power systems (UPSs), power distribution units (PDUs) and other power protection technologies. In truth, however, such beliefs are dangerously mistaken.

This white paper explores the factors that make converged infrastructures inherently resilient, explains why robust power protection is an essential element of successful converged infrastructure deployments and describes the critical hardware and software components companies must include when designing a converged infrastructure's power protection scheme.

Whitepaper: Can Your Virtualization Software Handle A Power Outage?

by EatonMar 20, 2014

Server virtualization empowers businesses to lower hardware spending, simplify administration and boost availability. It's no surprise, then, that nearly 80 percent of server workloads supported by x86 hardware will be running on virtual machines (VMs) by 2016, according to analyst firm Gartner Inc.

For IT and facilities managers, however, server virtualization introduces both challenges and opportunities. In particular, while it makes preventing downtime during utility failures dramatically easier, provided your data center is equipped with the proper power management software, it also adds new complexities to the demands of avoiding data loss during electrical outages when shutting down servers is unavoidable.

This white paper discusses server virtualization's impact on both maintaining business continuity and preserving data integrity during power outages, and then explains how state-of-the-art power management solutions can help virtualized data centers cope with utility failures more effectively.

Whitepaper: Optimizing your Infrastructure for Cloud Computing

by EatonJan 24, 2011

Cloud computing is generating enormous amounts of discussion and excitement in the world of corporate IT. Eager to drive efficiency up and costs down, organizations of every size and description are rapidly adopting Web-based software, platform and infrastructure solutions. Indeed, analyst firm International Data Corporation expects global spending by enterprises on cloud services to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 26 percent between 2009 and 2013, from $17.4 billion to $44.2 billion. Within a matter of years, experts predict, most businesses will utilize at least some cloud-based applications and services.

Yet for all its capacity to streamline management and boost agility, cloud computing poses unique power, cooling and availability challenges as well. To meet them, businesses must increase the strength and resiliency of both their electrical and mechanical infrastructures.

This white paper examines some of the forces behind rising adoption of cloud-based solutions, explores how cloud architectures impact data centers and discusses a series of concrete practices and technologies that can help companies collect the benefits of cloud computing without compromising uptime or overwhelming their power and cooling systems.

Whitepaper: Maximizing UPS Availability

by EatonJan 01, 2011

Uninterruptible power systems (UPSs) play a vital role in ensuring IT reliability. As a result, their reliability is a crucial consideration too. Any time a UPS fails, mission-critical electrical loads are potentially at risk.

What, then, can organizations do to optimize UPS availability? As this white paper shows, the conventional answers to that question are often not the best ones. UPS reliability is ultimately less a function of UPS design�such as the differences between line-interactive and double-conversion products�than of overall power system design. In the end, the surest way to increase UPS availability is to focus on minimizing repair time and maximizing redundancy, both inside your UPSs and across your power protection scheme as a whole.

In addition, this white paper also explains why, contrary to popular belief, modular UPS designs provide superior availability even though they typically contain more parts that could potentially fail.

Whitepaper: Is power protection costing you more than it should?

by EatonAug 06, 2010

In the quest to reduce energy consumption and cooling costs, data center managers have been looking more closely than ever at the energy efficiency of their uninterruptible power systems (UPSs). Legacy UPSs�those five to 10 years old�could be squandering as much as 10 percent of incoming energy in the course of doing their jobs. Since most of the power lost by a UPS is dissipated as heat, an inefficient UPS costs more in cooling as well.

New, groundbreaking UPSs maximize efficiency by operating in multiple modes, changing their operating characteristics to adapt to the electrical conditions of the moment. By engaging internal components only as necessary, these multi�mode UPSs can achieve exceptional efficiency�up to 99 percent across a very broad load range.

However, multi�mode UPSs from different manufacturers vary considerably in how they work, the level of protection they can offer, and their true efficiency under real�-world load levels. This white paper looks at five questions you need to ask before selecting a high�-efficiency, multi�mode UPS for your data center.

Whitepaper: Unleashing Stranded Power and Cooling from New and Existing Data Centers

by EatonJun 29, 2010

Global demand for digital information and imagery is rising rapidly, putting severe strain on today�s data centers. In response, organizations are making increased use of blade servers and virtualization technologies that allow IT managers to squeeze more processing power into existing floor space, but that also significantly raise power and cooling requirements. As a result, most data center managers now find themselves continually faced with making costly new investments in additional power and cooling capacity to meet their organization�s needs.

There is, however, a more affordable alternative: Instead of adding new resources, IT and facilities managers can enhance the efficiency of their new and existing facilities instead, freeing up stranded energy and cooling that currently go to waste.

This white paper examines the underlying roots of today�s data center power and cooling crisis and outlines five steps businesses can take to support intensifying IT requirements economically by removing inefficiencies from their power and cooling infrastructure.