Eaton Introduces xModular System


The latest addition to its critical systems portfolio that brings innovation, integration and a digital dimension to the design, deployment, and operation of data centre-type facilities

The power management company Eaton announced the introduction of its xModular system. The latest addition to its critical systems portfolio brings innovation, integration and a digital dimension to the design, deployment, and operation of data centre-type facilities.

“Increasingly, the economy is digital. As such, the need for facilities to house computing and digital infrastructure is growing tremendously. Whether this is a data centre, on-premise IT or a telecommunication network, all are facing the need for a more economical, faster, resilient, and safe way to digital house equipment. The xModular system and go-to-market strategy address this need regardless of application or customer type”, said Karina Rigby, president, Critical Systems, Electrical Sector at Eaton in EMEA.

Eaton is a global market leader in the manufacture of electrical switchgear, power distribution and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). It optimises, integrates, and modularises the power train. But it’s not just the power aspect (grey space). xModular can configure to provide ample space for the IT compute equipment (white space). This space is designed in harmony with the electrical, cooling, controls and security requirements, providing an all-in-one system. Eaton assures clients when embarking on this alternative build method by covering the entire module and system performance.

As well as leveraging its electrical expertise, the client is managing Eaton’sproject field services and aftercare to ensure complete life cycle management. With over 2,000 service engineers and countless data centre projects delivered globally, clients can expect world-class technology backed by world-class support.

Integrating cyber secure, electrical power monitoring and infrastructure management software, on-premise or remotely, ensures clients have complete visibility and control of their critical environment.

In addition to Eaton’s innovation, the xModular partner program leverages some of the industry’s best-of-breed technology and services companies. “Rather than being locked into one design or facing the cost associated with bespoke solutions, xModular has multiple designs covering multiple applications and geographies. This makes it unique in the marketplace, delivering much-needed flexibility to clients,” said Ciarán Forde, Data Centre market segment manager, Eaton EMEA.

A key element of xModular is the inclusion of Eaton EnergyAwareTM UPS. This grid-interactive UPS means that the electrical system of an xModular data centre unit can act as a Distributed Energy Resource (DER) and provide essential services back to the grid operator, thus accelerating and de-risking the adoption of renewables. This act alone dwarfs many traditional sustainability efforts in infrastructure design and operations.

Eaton’s new xModular system reduces the complexity of design, onsite construction and coordination, resulting in a build time at a fraction of traditional methods and redefines infrastructure technology and thinking. It maximises customer experience through expert system engineering, quality, flexibility, safety, installation test and commissioning.