The Eaton 5P comes in various wattages, and the one they sent us is the 1000. This UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) handles 1000 volt-amperes or 770 watts, and is perfect for a small company with a server or two, external storage, and maybe the router and an Ethernet switch stuffed into the same closet. The 5P 1000 has the power to keep all those devices up for a while and enough plugs, eight, to make sure you can protect everything.
Figure a server at about 300-400 watts, add the monitors and routers and switches, none of which pull much juice, and you can see how easy it is to power your entire server closet with this one box. There's even plenty of plug room for monitors to be protected, which is a critical component often overlooked in power backup planning. Ever try to gracefully shut down a server without a working monitor? Once you try, you'll always remember to find a plug for your server monitor.
Slightly bigger than a large shoebox sitting on its side, the Eaton 5P 1000 has a small blue LCD screen showing the amount of charge on the battery and load on the unit. Software on a PC will let you look at much more information, but we'll get there in a minute.
The front panel of the unit comes off so you can plug the batteries in since transit rules say they should be disconnected during shipment. That's about all the setup you need, much like any UPS.
In back are ports that support both RS-232 and USB cable connections for communication with the Intelligent Power Protector software and support remote management, monitoring, and shutdown. There's also support for RPO (Remote Power Off) and ROO (Remote ON/OFF) controls. You can order an optional Network Card with two Ethernet ports for management through HTTP, SNMP, SMTP, Telnet, SSL, and SSH. Still love those command lines? Dust off the VT100 and start your telnet session.
A generous eight power plugs are on the back. Four support critical equipment, meaning you can direct power to those plugs longer if you must prepare for long outages. Those plugs are black, and the white plugs can be split into two groups for graduated timing. Have three items to shutdown in order? The Eaton 5P will shut them down in the order of plug used with the right software configuration.
Plugging the USB cable in from the Eaton 5P to our Acer i7 desktop running Windows 8 automatically installed the drivers into the Windows Device display. After inserting the software CD and installing the Eaton Intelligent Power Protector software, we had more information about a UPS than we'd ever need.
Looking at the screenshot of just one of the menu items, we can see the serial number of the unit, the load level (13%), the battery capacity (94%), and the estimated battery run time (40 min 16 s). Options not shown include the shutdown time, shutdown duration, shutdown type (as in hibernate, power off, script, shutdown), and room to include a custom shutdown script. Alert options, like beeping when the system loses AC power, are included.
Available now, the Eaton 5P 1000 has a suggested MSRP of $699. Street prices tend to be in the $400 range, which is pretty cheap battery backup and surge protection insurance for the contents of your server closet.