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New power distribution solutions from Eaton improve flexibility in small IT installations

Published by Jason Koffler on 12 July 2016

Eaton has launched a new range of 1U and 2U enclosure power distribution units (ePDU), which has been specifically designed to help IT managers optimise intelligent power distribution in converged and hyperconverged infrastructure stacks and smaller IT applications.

Available to customers within the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region, the new ePDU range allows users of smaller IT racks to enjoy many benefits previously associated with the power management company’s vertical 0U ePDUs, including improved efficiency and enhanced business continuity.

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The new ePDUs provide intelligent power distribution solutions for applications where racks are not sufficiently high to allow the use of 0U ePDUs. They are also ideally suited for use in wall mount enclosures where no rear access is possible. All the new ePDUs have a plug retention feature and are suitable for operation at up to 60ºC, allowing them to be used in high temperature IT environments. Basic and Metered models are available now, with Switched, Metered Outlet and Managed models to be introduced to the range later this year.

Paired with Eaton’s virtualization ready Intelligent Power Manager (IPM) software, the new ePDUs can be easily monitored and managed from a virtualisation dashboard. When used with optional sensors such as the Eaton Environmental Monitoring Probe (EPM), the ePDUs can trigger environmental alerts such as excessive temperature or humidity and initiate disaster recovery policies, including the automatic migration of virtual servers to a backup site or the graceful shutdown of the system to protect mission critical loads.

Customised versions of ePDUs can also be supplied to meet specific user requirements. As all of the ePDUs are manufactured in the EMEA region, prompt deliveries and fast responses to customer requests are guaranteed.