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Eaton’s Integrated Power Management Solutions Now Certified as VCE Vblock Ready

Certification enables integration of Eaton products with Vblock Systems to help customers build an enhanced virtualization platform. By Joel Zaidspiner

Eaton’s integrated power management solutions suite is now certified as Vblock Ready through the VCE Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. With this certification, Eaton can now provide advanced power monitoring, management, and control solutions for Vblock Systems, which are pre-integrated, pre-tested, and pre-validated converged infrastructures for next-generation cloud environments. Vblock Systems combine compute, network, storage, data protection, and virtualization technologies from Cisco, EMC, and VMware, delivered and supported by VCE as a single product.

"VCE is pleased to welcome Eaton as a Technology Alliance Partner for Vblock Systems," says DJ Long, senior director, Technology Alliances, VCE. "Eaton can now integrate its products with Vblock Systems, delivering transformative data center solutions for mutual customers that enable the agility, simplicity, and economics of converged infrastructure with Eaton's expertise in power management technologies."

VCE works with Superna to conduct and administer Vblock System certifications for VCE TAP program members. This certification enables mutual channel partners and customers to accelerate adoption of Vblock Systems while leveraging Eaton's integrated power management solutions for data center operations management.

"Eaton's collaboration with VCE exemplifies the evolution of data center management, enabling customers to leverage the benefits of converged infrastructure while also protecting valuable IT and hardware equipment," says Hervé Tardy, vice president and general manager, Distributed Power Quality Division, Eaton. "Eaton is excited to deploy an integrated power management platform for Vblock Systems, helping customers increase efficiency and reliability for greater business value."

Intelligent Power Manager software and metered ePDU rack-based power distribution unit are Eaton's first solutions to receive Vblock Ready certification. Eaton's ePDU G3 portfolio of rack power distribution units (PDUs) monitors power usage at one percent billing grade accuracy and features a new patent-pending IEC grip feature. The ePDU G3 also provides Vblock System users with a hot-swap network meter module so that, in the event of a power failure, users can replace the module without shutting down servers. Eaton's UPS solutions are also compatible with Vblock Systems.

Eaton's UPSs and ePDU G3 models are paired with Intelligent Power Manager software to aggregate power infrastructure information in one location. Intelligent Power Manager software streamlines power monitoring, management, and deployment as VMware Ready certified software. When a power event takes place, Vblock System users can automate disaster recovery processes from the VMware vCenter Server management platform through Intelligent Power Manager software. Eaton's new Vblock Ready solutions enable Vblock System customers to consolidate non-critical workloads to extend battery runtime and deploy automatic live migration of virtual machines and movement of critical workloads.

To learn more about Eaton's ePDU G3, visit, or for more information on the company’s Intelligent Power Manager software, visit

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