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Eaton Becomes First UPS Manufacturer to Offer Customized Open-Source Software to Address IT Managers’ Power Challenges
Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 02:55:06 PM


RALEIGH, N.C. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation is the first uninterruptible power system (UPS) manufacturer in the industry to provide customized open-source software. Over the past 10 years Eaton has created software to enhance the features and benefits of the company’s power products. Eaton is now offering free, customized software designed to address the specific power management needs of information technology (IT) managers.

Eaton’s open-source offering is designed to enable end users to integrate additional functionality into their server operating system or data center management system. The open-source software is intended to allow for control of power devices directly from the server operating system. Users can also retrieve discreet data from Eaton and other power devices to trigger control functions as needed. In the event that a solution is not available on the Eaton open-source website, users may submit a request for Eaton to create customized software to address their needs.

“Open-source software is pervasive in some vertical markets that require a high level of security, like financial institutions,” said Hervé Tardy, Eaton vice president and general manager, Distributed Power Quality Division. “Eaton’s open-source power management software is designed to provide a customized, integrated solution that goes beyond those offered by legacy vendors using proprietary technologies and protocols.”

Eaton offers free access to the beta version of its software development kit, which provides a library of drivers that may be used with Eaton power devices and many commercially available operating systems. It is available as a simple download on the company’s dedicated open-source website: Additionally you can visit the Eaton sponsored Network UPS Tool website,, to download drivers for other manufacturers’ power devices.

Eaton’s Intelligent Power Software Suite is leading the way in the industry through integration with virtualization platforms, such as VMware’s vCenter Server™, vSphere® 5, Citrix® XenCenter® and Microsoft®’s SCVMM. Eaton is also a member of the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) and has partnered with many of the industry’s top open-source software companies, including Red Hat, Eucalyptus and Debian.

To learn more about Eaton’s open-source offering, visit To learn more about Eaton’s power quality products, visit

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader in power distribution, power quality, control and automation, power monitoring, and energy management products and services. Eaton is positioned, through its Cutler-Hammer®, Moeller®, Powerware®, Holec®, MEM®, and Santak® global electrical product series, to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulic and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 73,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries

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