Business continuity during outages

Issue 5 2022 Security Services & Risk Management

With the increased load-shedding in South Africa, having a backup power source in place is essential as it ensures that a business will continue running, preventing losses. In addition, frequent power outages can damage data storage and cause it to fail, taking data backups down with it. Protecting technical equipment from unplanned outages is arguably even more important to maintain business continuity and safeguard critical equipment.

Eaton’s Intelligent Power Manager (IPM) 2.0 provides the tools needed to monitor and manage power devices in your physical or virtual environment. The newly upgraded software was rebuilt on Eaton’s Brightlayer digital platform with all the disaster avoidance functionality already valued by thousands of customers worldwide, plus a host of new features.

“Digital transformation is happening across all sectors, and this is leading to greater adoption of distributed IT environments with data more accessible to end-user IT devices,” says Jaco du Plooy, product manager at Eaton.

“The risks inherent to this type of environment make energy management all the more critical, which is why we have redesigned our IPM software to further automate energy management and ensure business continuity across a wide range of applications.”

Available in three different editions – Monitor, Manage and Optimise – IPM is designed to meet varying power management requirements of any organisation. The latest edition of IPM features a redesigned user interface, more options to automate critical processes, and enhanced visualisation and contextualisation options to better understand the status of equipment, from anywhere and at any time.

Cybersecurity is integral to IPM 2.0, with the risk of cyberattacks minimised through the integration of a gigabit network card and ModBus card – the first in the industry to be UL 2900-2-2 and IEC-62443 certified for cybersecurity.

With the help of Eaton’s IPM, users can focus on delivering essential services to their customers without worrying about power and the integrity of their devices.

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