Eaton Corporation’s uninterruptible power system (UPS), the Eaton 5PX UPS, is an integrated power management solution for information technology (IT) and small-to-medium-business data centers. The 5PX supports virtualization strategies through seamless integration with Eaton's Intelligent Power Software Suite, an innovative software solution that combines power monitoring with graceful shutdown of devices or live migration of virtual machines.

The 5PX is the first UPS in the industry to meter energy consumption of individual devices down to the outlet segment level. This enables IT managers to not only control individual power outlets or groups of outlets across the network, but also to track and reduce the power consumption of the protected servers and other IT equipment.

With an intuitive, graphical LCD display built into the front of the UPS, IT and data center managers have direct access to customize all UPS settings. Through this display and the power management software, they also have a full view of the power draw of individual devices connected to the UPS, enabling better management of electrical loads, consumption and energy footprint.

As part of the Intelligent Power Software Suite, Eaton’s Intelligent Power Manager software and shutdown modules are compatible with VMware’s vCenter Server, Microsoft’s SCVMM, Red Hat’s KVM (Kernel Virtual Machine), and Xen Servers (both Citrix Xen and OpenSource Xen) virtualization platforms. As a result, IT managers can configure the software suite to trigger the automatic relocation of virtual machines whenever the 5PX indicates that the connected servers are reaching their maximum capacity, or gracefully shutdown servers that are connected to the 5PX.

Each 5PX UPS, including the batteries, is backed by an industry-leading three-year warranty. Additionally, the unit features Eaton’s Advanced Battery Management (ABM) technology that increases battery service life by 50 percent.

The Eaton 5PX models range from 1,000 VA (1,000 W) up to 3,000 VA (2,700 W), with prices starting at $475. The 5PX is available for order today in North America.