Eaton® has released its ePDU® third-generation (G3) platform, featuring 1% revenue-grade power monitoring for enhanced accuracy and efficiency through its ePDU G3 managed models. Providing the ability to measure energy consumption and control power at the outlet level, Eaton’s robust platform combines all the benefits of outlet metering with switched rack power distribution units for advanced power management. Network connected ePDU G3 models are optimized to work with Eaton’s Intelligent Power Manager software™, offering end-users an integrated power management platform to monitor multiple units through virtualization systems like VMware® vCenter Server™. Network connected ePDU G3 models can also daisy chain with other units, so that four devices can share one network port and IP address, reducing network connection costs by up to 75% Additionally, outlets can be grouped across power feeds to facilitate reboot of multiple power supplies at the same time, simplifying control of servers and switches.

Eaton ePDU G3 managed and metered input models offer a hot-swap network meter module so that, in the unlikely event of a failure, users can replace the module without shutting down servers; therefore, maintaining business continuity and enhancing serviceability. With ePDU G3 managed models, data centers gain the capability to meter power at the outlet level, which is the innovative functionality needed for accurate Level 3 power usage effectiveness (PUE) calculations.

All Eaton ePDU G3 models feature a new patent-pending International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) outlet grip designed to eliminate the common and often costly problem of plugs falling out of outlets due to bumps or vibrations. The solution can protect data center managers from incurring additional expenses related to cable trays or special power cords, which can increase purchase costs by several hundred dollars per unit.