Eaton launches virtualization-ready intelligent UPS

Nov. 15, 2012
Eaton has launched its 9PX uninterruptible power system (UPS) for 5 to 11 kilovolt-ampere (kVA) applications.

Eaton has announced the launch of its 9PX uninterruptible power system (UPS) for 5 to 11 kilovolt-ampere (kVA) applications. The company says the 9PX UPS offers power protection for information technology (IT) and facility managers striving to control energy costs and consumption, due to the system's range of power management features and best-in-class efficiency greater than 93 percent. Additionally, the 9PX will be Energy Star certified by the end of November.

According to Eaton, the 9PX UPS provides approximately 28 percent more power than traditional UPS platforms and is particularly suitable for the protection of medium-to-high-density IT equipment in computer rooms and small data centers in industrial, manufacturing, medical and telecommunications applications. With a variety of available configurations designed to maximize availability and optimize flexibility, the 9PX is tailored to main distribution frame (MDF) and intermediate distribution frame (IDF) applications equipped with high density network switches.

A graphical LCD interface built into the front of the UPS tilts 45 degrees for optimal viewing, rotates to match rack and tower installations, and enables IT and data center managers to view detailed information as well as customize all UPS settings at the push of a button. Through the display and seamless integration with Eaton’s power management software, users are provided insight into UPS power usage and efficiency, enabling superior management of electrical consumption and energy footprint.

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All 9PX UPS systems are bundled with a network card and Eaton’s Intelligent Power Software Suite, which combines power management and protection software. By implementing the software with the 9PX, users can monitor and manage their entire power system from a single dashboard, or directly from major virtualization platforms, such as VMware vCenter Server, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft SCVMM, Red Hat and other Xen open source platforms.

The integrated software is designed to enable automatic and transparent live migration of virtual machines to allow critical workloads to remain up and running in the event of an extended outage, and bolster business continuity by moving critical applications to available servers either within an organization, or to a co-located facility or public cloud.

Additionally, Eaton notes that its ABM technology optimizes battery recharging time, eliminates overcharging and continuously monitors battery condition to extend battery service life by 50 percent, contributing to a two-year warranty that covers all Eaton 9PX UPS units including batteries.

“Customers will find the Eaton 9PX one of the most energy intelligent UPSs on the market that not only offers a bundled network card, software package, and graphical LCD display, but also increased power to provide the high level of protection that today’s virtualized IT infrastructures require,” comments Hervé Tardy, vice president and general manager of Eaton’s Distributed Power Quality division.

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