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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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So this will take more of Eaton's technology out of the data center ... 

Our intent is we're not going to be creating those devices. But all of those devices [will be] taking the IT infrastructure out of data centers and moving it out into these very remote and less secure locations. So, from our standpoint, it's really around how do we help customers, No. 1, be backed up and protected, but No. 2, have the security, both cyber and physical. And then help them find a way to monitor and measure and be able to manage it because those are some of the biggest challenges when you have DDIM [distributed digital infrastructure management] out there. How do they actually manage it and still keep the same resiliency that they would have otherwise? We're not driving [the technology]. It's what are we doing to enable it.

How about the cybersecurity part? 

If we're going to be connected and we're going to do monitoring, if we're going to do any type of interaction, the future's going to be how you do remote services? How are you doing firmware upgrades? All of those pieces you want to have as value drivers. Whether they're going through a partner providing those values to the end user, or whether they're direct, it depends on what the solutions are. But no one sees value if they can't first be safe and build security. 

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