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Eaton releases ‘industry-first’ united software platform for data centre operators

Wed 20 Sep 2023

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The rise of artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, virtualisation, and the energy transition has heightened the critical need for data centre operators to effectively manage technology assets and resource consumption. Eaton has announced it is helping these operators accelerate digital transformation with its new software designed to further increase uptime, optimise performance, and enhance sustainability.

The platform, part of Eaton’s Brightlayer Data Centers suite, is the first in the industry to unite asset management, IT and operational technology (OT) device monitoring, power quality metrics, and advanced electrical supervision in a single, native application.

“Point solutions are no longer sufficient to provide data centre operators the visibility they need into their increasingly complex ecosystem of IT and OT assets. This is especially the case as operations expand beyond the core data centre to hyperscale, multi-tenant, and various types of edge locations,” said Mike Jackson, Global Director of Product for Data Center and Distributed IT Software at Eaton.

Data centre operators are realising new opportunities to use data to become more sustainable amid internal and external pressure to reduce carbon footprints.

A full 40% of data centre operators are seeking to leverage digitalisation to lower their overall energy costs, while more than a third see opportunities to reduce waste such as heat or materials, according to a research report commissioned by Eaton and developed by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

When it comes to reporting sustainability metrics, 46% of operators are using or plan to use digital technology to track performance relative to their sustainability goals.

Eaton’s new platform offers three solutions that can be used alone or together. These include Data Center Performance Management software, Electrical Power Monitoring System software, and Distributed IT Performance Management software.

The application can also be combined with third-party software, such as building management systems, configuration management database and IT service management applications.

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