Power and cooling vendor goes G3

Eaton Corp. has launched the ePDU third-generation (G3) platform for the data centre.

This release is the company’s latest rack power distribution unit that has been engineered with a new patent-pending IEC grip feature.

The G3 platform pairs the grip feature with higher operating temperatures aimed to help data centres meet new guidelines for cooling. The ePDU G3 has metered input models that feature a hot-swap network meter module for serviceability.

The rollout of Eaton’s ePDU G3 platform will begin with basic and metered input models.

According to Eaton, modern data centre environments are striving to balance technological innovation with functionality and cost. The ePDU G3 features a new IEC outlet grip designed to eliminate the common, and often costly, problem of plugs falling out of IEC outlets due to bumps or vibrations. Eaton’s patent-pending solution can protect data centre managers from incurring additional expenses related to cable trays or special power cords, which can increase rack PDU purchase costs up to 50 per cent.

Hervé Tardy, vice president and general manager of Eaton’s Distributed Power Quality Division, said ePDU G3 platform boasts a variety of technological enhancements aimed to deliver the flexibility and reliability that data centre and IT managers need, balanced with a value-oriented pricing structure.

Eaton’s ePDU G3 models operate up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which helps data centres meet new temperature guidelines for cooling set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.

Network connected ePDU G3 models offer advanced capabilities that allow users to auto discover and monitor multiple ePDUs through virtualization platforms like VMware vCenter Server.

For channel partners, the ePDU G3 offers installation with tool-less mounting options and provides a low-profile form factor compatible with rack enclosures. Additionally, ePDU G3 models have colour-coded outlet sections that match their corresponding circuit breakers for easy load balancing.

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