Intelligent power management company Eaton introduced a new software platform aimed at helping data center operators with their digital transformation journey. In an era where artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, virtualization, and environmental sustainability are paramount, the demand for efficient technology asset management and resource consumption has surged.
Eaton (News - Alert)'s (News - Alert) latest offering, part of the Brightlayer Data Centers suite, seamlessly integrates asset management, IT and operational technology (OT) device monitoring with power quality metrics, and advanced electrical supervision - all into one, native application. With this latest innovation, data center operators can boost uptime, optimize performance, and enhance sustainability while aligning with a growing global focus on reducing carbon footprints.
Recent research commissioned by Eaton in collaboration with S&P Global Market Intelligence highlights the importance of digitalization for data center operators. Forty percent of operators said they are seeking ways to lower energy costs through digital transformation and over a third said they are exploring opportunities to reduce waste, such as heat and materials. The study also found that 46% of operators are either currently using or planning to use digital technology to track their sustainability goals.
With Eaton's Brightlayer Data Centers, they get a unified solution for managing and controlling critical power management assets - this includes uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs), power distribution units (PDUs), generators, cooling equipment, and more.
Three solutions offered as part of the suite include:
- Data Center Performance Management Software: This software monitors assets, provides valuable insights, alerts, and reports, and effectively manages power, space, connectivity, and cooling resources. It maximizes IT application uptime while minimizing capital and operational expenses.
- Electrical Power Monitoring System Software: This solution offers real-time and historical visibility into a data center's electrical power system. It helps identify and resolve issues quickly while optimizing water, air, gas, electricity, and steam usage to reduce operating costs and achieve sustainability objectives.
- Distributed IT Performance Management Software: This software manages network-connected assets like PDUs and UPSs, regardless of the vendor or location. It proactively identifies and automates actions to prevent IT equipment downtime, and features built-in cybersecurity measures.
The new platform empowers operators to meet the demands of the digital age and focus on advancing sustainability goals while ensuring great operational performance remains.
“Point solutions are no longer sufficient to provide data center operators the visibility they need into their increasingly complex ecosystem of IT and OT assets,” said Mike Jackson, global director of product, data center and distributed IT software at Eaton.
“This is especially the case as operations expand beyond the core data center to hyperscale, multi-tenant and various types of edge locations. The new solutions in our Brightlayer Data Centers suite leverage a single, native application to manage, monitor and control a wide range of infrastructure assets while providing seamless integration with other software and a simplified way to expand software capabilities as an operator’s needs grow.”
Edited by Greg Tavarez