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Q&A: Eaton's Del Misenheimer On Moving Forward In A Sea Of Data Center Power Changes

Eaton's Power Quality division top executive Del Misenheimer discussed some of the top issues that will challenge data center power partners, including the coming switch to new battery technology and the impact of software on how data centers use power.

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What other issues are you seeing?

Another area of discussion is uptime. It does become more and more critical. Sometimes it's application-specific. You may see even lower redundancy in some applications when it comes to large content providers where they can maybe run with less redundancy. But as you get more into hosting and cloud services, the level of expectation of reliability goes up. So we see uptime as a big push.

Also, with all of the big data applications that are out there, being able to provide predictive analytics is increasingly important. We have a monitoring solution. We've now adapted it to PredictPulse [predictive monitoring and management software]. With PredictPulse, we've had the first versions of predictive analytics around UPS so we can actually provide predictive alerts. We're not really going out to sell software or a management system, but actually a packaged service solution.

 
 
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