CA Integrates Eaton Power Management Into DCIM Suite

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Two players in the data center management space just got closer. Eaton’s power management technologies, which help increase power reliability and control cost by reducing energy consumption, have been integrated into DCIM software from CA Technologies in a turnkey solution that helps bridge the gap between IT and facilities.

Eaton’s power management technologies are designed to help customers increase the reliability of their power infrastructure and control cost by reducing energy consumption. CA DCIM software provides a web-based, centralized solution for monitoring power, cooling and environmental conditions across facilities and IT systems in the data center. Their functions complement one another, forming a turnkey solution.

“CA Technologies and Eaton are two of the leading companies in data center technology, each providing critical products in very different areas,” said Andy Lawrence, vice president of Data Center Technologies and Eco-Efficient IT, 451 Research. “Both companies understand that the most effective and competitive data centers in the future will make full use of embedded intelligence and intelligent management systems. Their formation of a complementary hardware and software partnership is a notable and very logical step forward for data center systems and DCIM.”

IT Software Talks to UPSes, PDUs

The Eaton and CA Technologies collaboration provides integration between CA DCIM technology and select Eaton power management hardware, including uninterruptible power systems (UPSes) and power distribution units (PDUs). As a result, CA DCIM can collect, analyze and report on metrics such as temperature, humidity, power by phase, current by phase and power factor.

Customers can use CA DCIM to create intelligent alerts to identify environmental and power issues before they have an opportunity to threaten IT infrastructures. Customers can also accurately calculate total PDU power usage for Eaton equipment or other device groups. These Eaton data points are automatically added to CA Technologies unified management portal views.

“Eaton’s alignment with CA Technologies represents an evolution in infrastructure management and will provide integrated, pre-engineered solutions for efficient and effective business performance optimization,” said Hervé Tardy, vice president and general manager of Eaton’s Distributed Power Quality Division. “This collaboration is designed to provide a level of power hardware integration and data center control that isn’t currently available.”

Bridging Facilities and IT

DCIM provides organizations with greater insight into critical data center infrastructure, across both facilities and IT systems.  Both companies come to the table with complimentary functionality to this end, aiding data center managers increase operation efficiency, mitigate risk, and enhance performance.

The combined solution will also enable managed service providers to grow their businesses by providing high-value DCIM-as-a-service offerings that include monitoring and maintenance of customers’ critical infrastructure and business systems.

“Our agreement with Eaton will enable customers to increase efficiency while safeguarding IT service delivery,” said Terrence Clark, general manager, DCIM, Energy & Sustainability Solutions, CA Technologies. “These benefits are critical as demands on IT and data center managers continue to escalate at a pace that exceeds the ability of MSPs and enterprise customers to fund, power and flexibly operate their data centers.”

About the Author

Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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