Microsoft and Eaton already had a partnership before. It was when Eaton used Microsoft Azure as their preferred cloud platform. The two companies also published a white paper on the potential role of network-interactive data centers in the network. Now Eaton and Microsoft are embarking on a new collaboration.
Eaton and Microsoft team up to introduce interactive technology
In recent times, Microsoft has been collaborating. After Kojima Productions, it formalized a new strategic framework agreement with Eaton. The purpose of the latter is apparently to address digital transformation, sustainability and energy transition. However, this will start with the introduction of interactive technology EnergyAware UPS of Eaton in Microsoft projects.
What are the benefits of Eaton and Microsoft collaboration?
Now UPS can serve as distributed energy resource (DER). This means that it will be able to manage networks with high levels of variable renewable energy production. All of this is possible thanks to the digital capabilities that Eaton and Microsoft have added to it.
This new interactive UPS technology from Eaton and Microsoft is very advantageous. Indeed, thanks to it, a new generation of data centers will provide “critical flexibility services. And this, on two conditions only. The first is that the proportion of energy supplied from renewable sources is increasing. And the second that the capacity to generate electricity from fossil fuels is decreasing.
Selling flexibility in the network
“Selling flexibility in the network is an opportunity to monetize underutilized assets. » This is the assertion of Eaton and Microsoft. That said, part of the energy essential to the IT infrastructure will be provided by the resources of its energy storage system (ESS). So the total amount of energy that the data center draws from the network drops significantly.
In addition, interactive data centers on the network can also reintegrate energy into it. The main aim is to provide “Fast Frequency Response (FFR) services. » Sean James, director of Datacenter Research at Microsoft, says a network-interactive data center works for two reasons. One, he protected customer data and applications. And two, he offers electrical services valuable to the transmission system operator and the network.
In addition, Moises Levy, senior analyst for the physical infrastructure of the data center at Omdia, recalled the important role of the UPS. The latter which, he claims, will provide backup power to the IT infrastructure in the event of a power outage. Certainly, allowing the UPS and ESS to interact with the network is a new approach to data centers, he said. However, it is always necessary to make sure of their main function and their reliability. And no less, protect critical equipment, with the necessary runtime in the event of a power outage, he says. “It is essential to meet the strict technical requirements with bi-directional power flow depending on the applications. » Basically, you should always keep this in mind before embarking on this new adventure from Eaton and Microsoft.