14 Jun 2021
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Eaton launches new micro data centre and UPS offerings

By Shannon Williams

Global power management company Eaton has announced two new additions to its micro data centre and 9PX uninterruptible power supply series, the iCube 2.0 and the 9PX lithium-ion UPS. 

Tailored to address the needs and pain points of organisations looking to future-proof their data centre infrastructure, the new regional solutions enable businesses to achieve information and operational technology excellence, while positioning their enterprise for success in the ongoing energy transition.

"Amidst the global shift towards renewables, pandemic-accelerated digitalisation has led to the rise of edge computing," says  Jimmy Yam, vice president, electrical sector, East Asia, Eaton.

"Continued technological advancements are transforming the way data is processed, managed and delivered. Against this backdrop, MDC and UPS solutions are playing an increasingly bigger role in bridging the gap in edge computing and ensuring critical applications keep running with minimal environmental impact," he says.

"With prolonged remote working arrangements and expected growth in digitalisation, the need for fast and sustainable computing capacity will only increase. The introduction of iCube 2.0 and 9PX Lithium-ion UPS will help address this demand while still ensuring energy efficiency."

iCube 2.0 an enhanced micro data centre solution for energy-efficient excellence at the edge

An upgrade of Eaton's pre-existing MDC 1.0 solution, iCube 2.0 is designed to address key challenges and common user pain points in edge deployments, such as space constraints and the lack of technical expertise in designing and deploying solutions from scratch.

Unlike the first-generation MDC 1.0 solution, iCube 2.0 can be customised to a variety of rack sizes. IT managers can choose from iCube 2.0s line-up of cabinet dimensions. This ranges from basic racks outfitted with mission-critical equipment that are designed for small offices, to prefabricated multi-rack solutions for mid-sized to large offices. 

According to Eaton, this flexibility enables organisations to optimise their unit room space utilisation and scale their deployments according to evolving operational needs. It also translates into lower deployment and maintenance costs, ultimately delivering greater cost-effectiveness to organisations with its reduced total cost of ownership, the company says. 

As an integrated and prefabricated plug-and-play solution, iCube 2.0 also offers IT managers ease of deployment. It requires minimal maintenance and manpower requirements with its built-in intelligent management software system, which provides comprehensive monitoring of environmental parameters as well as automated alerts and predictive analytics for optimal performance. 

Eaton says at the same time, iCube 2.0s class 8 seismic rating and best-in-class certifications enable it to be safely deployed in unfavourable environments that may be dusty, hot, humid and even earthquake-prone.

The latest addition to Eaton's enterprise-class 9PX UPS series is a greener, more efficient lithium-ion (Li-ion) refresh of its current VRLA-powered offerings. 

With technology advancements driving down production and deployment costs, Li-ion powered UPS solutions have been growing in popularity in recent years due to its smaller footprint, shorter charging cycle, longer lifespan and TCO savings.

Outfitted with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries one of the safest and longest lasting Li-ion solutions currently available in the market, Eaton's 9PX Li-ion UPS is Energy Star-certified and delivers industry-leading energy efficiency of up to 94% in online mode. 

Aside from lower CO2 emissions, the UPS solution provides greater floor space utilisation with a smaller physical footprint and overall weight reduction. It is also equipped with intelligent battery management system (BMS) software as well as critical cybersecurity features, which provide organisations with the increasingly important ability to optimise energy and capacity management, and protect against hackers.

In addition, the 9PX Li-ion UPS comes equipped with Eatons Intelligent Power Manager which allows for deep integration with VMware and HyperV virtual environments, improves infrastructure resiliency against adverse power and environmental events through disaster recovery automation, and enables advanced load shedding capabilities to power critical operational loads longer.

Together with its reduced energy and cooling costs as well as its service life of eight to ten years, Eaton's 9PX Li-ion UPS delivers overall, long-term TCO savings as it does not require replacement external battery modules, or the additional labour and shipping costs associated. This is particularly true for organisations which face challenges in servicing due to remote locations or large deployments, frequent power outages, or run critical applications that demand zero downtime.

"Constant power is required to keep applications or servers running 24/7, especially in the era of edge computing; but this can be detrimental to the environment in the long run," says Yam.

"Balancing business growth and agility in the data-driven economy against sustainability goals is a challenge which organisations will increasingly face," he says.

"But with the right technology, partners and strategy, businesses will be able to navigate these complex yet complimentary priorities and ultimately come out ahead."

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