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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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Has that predictive data that you’ve collected and are using changed how Eaton's partners do business?

It has in the large-scale data centers. We'll be developing those algorithms for some of the smaller solution providers. We could run a solution like that for a hospital tomorrow. It's not just large data centers.

PredictPulse could be sold through channel partners. We've even done a rollout to a large retailer where there's over 200 small retail stores that have the 9PX UPS, power strips, ePDUs, and PredictPulse, and a service agreement. They have critical loads. They don't want to go down. But it's not around the complexity of knowing six months before a failure. It's more about the fact that they have a store manager there, or a retail clerk, and if the infrastructure goes down, they don't want to lose a whole day's worth of sales … It's a managed service where the customer doesn't have to do anything. That's a solution provided by our partners.

What is ePDU?

Rack power distribution. That's our brand. We use "ePDU" to represent the difference between a floor-standing model vs. a rack-mounted power distribution strip.

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