Eaton, CA Technologies integrate data center power management, DCIM capabilities

Eaton and CA Technologies form complementary hardware and software partnership.

Eaton and CA Technologies have formed an agreement to jointly deliver a robust data center monitoring, management and control systems in North America on the basis of a new, complementary hardware and software partnership.

The joinly provided turnkey platform will combine Eaton's power management hardware and software with CA Technologies' data center infrastructure management (DCIM) technology, allowing data center managers to increase operational efficiency, mitigate risk and enhance performance. The companies say the combined system will also enable managed service providers to grow their businesses by providing high-value DCIM-as-a-service offerings that include monitoring and maintenance of customers’ critical infrastructure and business systems.

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Eaton's power management technologies are designed to help customers increase the reliability of their power infrastructure and control cost by reducing energy consumption. CA's DCIM software provides a web-based centralized solution for monitoring power, cooling and environmentals across facilities and IT systems in the data center. The Eaton and CA Technologies collaboration provides integration between CA’s DCIM technology and select Eaton power management hardware, including uninterruptible power systems (UPS's) and power distribution units (PDUs). As a result, CA's DCIM can collect, analyze and report on metrics such as temperature, humidity, power by phase, current by phase and power factor.

“Eaton’s alignment with CA Technologies represents an evolution in infrastructure management and will provide integrated, pre-engineered solutions for efficient and effective business performance optimization,” comments Hervé Tardy, vice president and general manager of Eaton’s Distributed Power Quality Division. “This collaboration is designed to provide a level of power hardware integration and data center control that isn’t currently available.”

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Customers can use CA DCIM to create intelligent alerts based on the data collected to gain insight into environmental and power issues before they have an opportunity to threaten IT infrastructures. Customers can also accurately calculate total PDU power usage for Eaton equipment or other device groups. These Eaton data points are automatically added to CA Technologies unified management portal views.

“Our agreement with Eaton will enable customers to increase efficiency while safeguarding IT service delivery," said Terrence Clark, General Manager, DCIM, Energy & Sustainability Solutions, CA Technologies. "These benefits are critical as demands on IT and data center managers continue to escalate at a pace that exceeds the ability of MSPs and enterprise customers to fund, power and flexibly operate their data centers."

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