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Eaton’s Del Misenheimer: ‘We’re Not Doing IoT. We’re Going To Enable IoT’

In a wide-ranging interview with CRN, Misenheimer, president of Eaton’s Control and Protection Division, says that UPSes and power distribution units have been ‘smart’ devices for the last 10 or 15 years. What’s new, he says, is that the applications that use those devices locally need to be able to derive value from having that data and analytics.

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Thinking Outside The Data Center Box 

Logically, a sustained move by IT customers to the cloud might lead to a hollowing out of data centers, resulting in a drop in demand for data center infrastructure including the UPS and power distribution units needed to manage and protect power.

However, according to Del Misenheimer, president of Eaton's Control and Protection Division, that is not the case. In fact, the opposite is happening, as the move to cloud computing, the Internet of Things and edge computing is creating demand for new ways to manage and protect power and provide security to mission-critical infrastructure. And as customers move workloads to the cloud and the edge, not only are those new infrastructures growing opportunities for power management and protection, customers are also investing in more efficient technology to replace what is often no longer suitable for smaller on-premises workloads.

CRN recently sat down with Misenheimer to discuss power protection and management trends as well as new technologies that will impact how related equipment is manufactured. Here’s how Misenheimer sees the future of the data center.

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