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You’re going to have to wait a bit for this one, but Tardy is convinced that the flexible, efficient software-defined data center of the future will include software-defined power systems.
“We see the market trending toward software-defined everything,” he says. “I don’t see any reason why maybe two, three, five years maybe down the road [power] customers will not be demanding the same.”
Eaton, in fact, is already acting on that assumption. Its engineers are currently designing a next-generation UPS family that will be optimized to support the standards and design principles employed in other software-defined products.
“It’s going to be a multi-year effort,” predicts Tardy, who thinks Eaton’s first software-defined power offerings could reach market in perhaps two years. “It’s going to take maybe five years to complete it across the board.”
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