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How CIOs can implement a better power management and protection strategy
Eaton’s power quality portfolio encompasses a comprehensive offering of power management solutions from a single-source provider. This includes uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs), DC power solutions, surge protective devices, switchgear, power distribution units (PDUs), remote monitoring, meters, software, connectivity, enclosures and services. With the products, Eaton strives for continued success in leveraging technical innovation to develop next-generation solutions. The company's power quality portfolio was designed to fulfill specific customer requirements, complement a new or pre-existing solution, and to deliver a comprehensive solution.

In the following interview, Jim Tessier, Product Manager - Distributed Power Quality at Eaton Corporation discusses with San Madan, editor-in-chief of Network Products Guide, how CIOs can implement a better power management and protection strategy.

San Madan: Tell us about Eaton's Intelligent Power® Software Suite.

Jim Tessier:
Eaton’s Intelligent Power® Software Suite gives you all the tools you need to manage power devices in your physical or virtual environment. This innovative software solution ensures system uptime and data integrity by allowing you to monitor, manage and control the devices on your network remotely.

Eaton’s Intelligent Power Software Suite incorporates two important applications for ensuring quality power and uptime: remote monitoring and management of power devices across the network and automatic, graceful shutdown when faced with an extended power outage.

• Intelligent Power Manager supervisory software lets you monitor and manage multiple power and environmental devices across the network from a single interface, giving you up-to-the-minute information on the status of power in your network. It also works seamlessly with VMware® vCenter Server™ and VMware’s vMotion™ application as well as other platforms and virtualization optimization applications.

• Intelligent Power Protector protection software provides graceful, automatic shutdown of network devices during a prolonged power disruption, preventing data loss and saving work-in-progress. As part of Eaton’s power network management system, these two applications work together to deliver comprehensive power management and protection.
San Madan: So who are the end-users and what features does this solution provide that may be missing in other most management and monitoring solutions?

Jim Tessier:
Intelligent Power Software Suite end-users include IT, facility and data center managers.

Most power protection systems for virtualized server environments come with their own command console. As a result, technicians must use one tool for virtualization management and a separate one for power management, weakening their productivity and delaying their response time during utility failures.

Eaton provides the only power management software that integrates with leading virtualization management products, including VMware vCenter Server, Microsoft SCVMM™ and Citrix XenCenter™. The software enables technicians to view, monitor and administer not only physical and virtual servers but uninterruptible power systems (UPSs) and other power devices through a single console.

While server virtualization software vendors offer “live migration” products that can transfer virtual machines from one host server to another for load balancing purposes or when the original server experiences operational problems or requires maintenance, none of those systems include built-in functionality for responding to power outages. Eaton’s software automatically moves virtual machines from host servers impacted by an electrical outage to unaffected servers elsewhere within the server cluster to preserve data integrity. Furthermore, when integrated with VMware’s Site Recovery Manager, Intelligent Power Manager software will initiate a planned migration moving server workloads from the protected site to a recovery site hosted in a cloud environment.

When a virtualized data center loses power, and there is no recovery site to move the workloads to, Eaton’s Intelligent Power Manager software will provide a graceful shutdown of any or all servers and virtual machines running on them to minimize exposure to data loss. Intelligent Power Manager’s tight integration with Citrix and VMware allow the graceful server shutdown, remotely, without the need for any shutdown agent to be installed on either a host server or virtual machine. 

San Madan: What would you advise CIOs on implementing a better power management and protection strategy?

Jim Tessier:
Here's a quick summary:

Reduce costs by investing in more efficient power technologies

The latest power systems are so much more efficient than their predecessors, so investments can quickly pay for themselves. In the 1990s, the average Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) was generally about 85 to 90 percent efficient, but today’s models routinely achieve 90 to 94 percent efficiency, and UPSs equipped with Energy Saver System (ESS) deliver up to 99 percent efficiency.

Enhance efficiency, flexibility by employing modular power system principles
A modular approach to power system design, in which you deploy only the capacity you need in the short term and gradually plug in additional resources as your business grows, allows you to keep pace with expanding needs economically, rather than pay heavily in advance for capacity you may never even require.

Boost efficiency and uptime by implementing enterprise monitoring
With Web-based convergence solutions, organizations can use a “single pane of glass” to monitor their entire enterprise, allowing IT and facilities to increase server availability and optimize power utilization, as well as, spot potentially dangerous electrical conditions in real time, see exactly which business services they jeopardize and take prompt preventive action.

Deploy advanced power protection and management software

The latest power protection and management software solutions support virtual machines hosts, and can be configured with the aid of the virtualization management system to shut down both physical and virtual servers in pre-defined sequences that minimize exposure to data loss. The latest software developments can also identify power failures immediately and initiate a planned migration, moving server workloads from the protected site to a recovery site hosted in a cloud environment to maintain business continuity and data integrity when shutting down servers is unavoidable.

To learn more, please visit www.powerquality.eaton.com

Company: Eaton
1111 Superior Avenue E # 19,
Cleveland, OH 44114 U.S.A.

Founded in: 1911
CEO: Alexander “Sandy” Cutler, Chairman and CEO, Eaton Corp.
Products and Services: Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services 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.
Company’s Goals: As a premier diversified power management company, Eaton cares about "doing business right" in meeting the needs of our global customers, employees and communities. How we get our results at Eaton is just as important as the results themselves.

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