Eaton providing power management support for IBMs Enterprise Modular Data Centre
By Anthony Capkun
Eaton Corp. says it is providing power management support for IBM’s Enterprise Modular Data Centre (EMDC). As a modular solution, the EMDC aims to enable executives to respond to increased capacity demands and rising energy costs across global enterprises by deploying energy-efficient, standardized data centres. A range of Eaton’s power quality and power distribution components integrate with the EMDC.
“IBM, together with Eaton and its ecosystem of partners, is intensifying
efforts in data centre design to address the ever-changing requirements
of large enterprise clients,” said Steve Sams, IBM vice-president,
Global Site and Facilities Services. “With the EMDC, IBM demonstrates
our ability to lead data centre innovation to meet changing requirements
with a very flexible plug-and-play approach.”
The EMDC enables global enterprises to bring new data centres online
three to six months sooner than a custom-designed version. Each EMDC is
designed to achieve the world’s highest ratings for energy leadership,
says Eaton, as determined by The Green Grida consortium seeking to
improve energy efficiency in data centres and business computing
ecosystems around the world.
EMDC is a large data centre design concept which uses pre-engineered
design strategies allowing customers to meet unpredictable business and
IT demands. By building to a design that allows customers to increase
density and footprint as required, clients can scale their data centres
when needed without disruption to existing operations. This approach
allows the customers to defer up to 40% of the capital expense and 50%
of the operational expense until the capacity is required, adds Eaton.
In 2007, IBM launched Project Big Green and committed $1 billion per
year to deliver technologies that help clients increase the level of
energy efficiency in their data centres. Eaton previously contributed to
IBM’s Portable Modular Data Centre (PMDC), which was introduced in 2009
as part of the second phase of the project to drive modular data centre
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