Powerware BladeUPS Uninterruptible Power System
High density computing environments
demand more power
Today, the management of a data centre or network operations
centre places you under the intense pressure to reduce costs
whilst dealing with unavoidable operational realities:
Expanding power demands.
The blade servers that are satisfying business demands can also
raise the demands for power consumption in the same footprint.
Rack power requirements that were once at 60 watts per U may
now have to be delivered at levels up to 600 watts per U with
redundant power supplies.
Increasing power costs.
Utility rates have a common recurrence. They always go up. IDC
research reports that energy costs represent a dominant influence on IT spending (IDC U.S. Market Watch Survey, Q2 2006,
September 7, 2006). Most organisations are researching and
developing plans for the selection of new data centre sites based
on the proximity of affordable power facilities. The need for more
cost-effective power solutions is confirmed in a recent Gartner
research report. Power will be 50 per cent of data centre operational costs (Gartner RAS Core Research, August 18, 2006).
Excessive heat.
Blade servers generate a lot of heat, which translates into a high
demand for additional energy for cooling. A fully loaded rack of
blade servers can use close to 30kW of power. This equates to
over 100,000 BTU/hr in heat generation requiring cooling.
IT organisations are forced to increase their power efficiency to
counteract huge cooling costs.
If you manage, engineer, or plan the present and future of a data
centre or network operations centre, you are already aware of
these critical issues and their impact on operations. Your challenge
is to make decisions that provide efficient power protection and
distribution for growing loads, while managing the heat.
Eaton® is ready to help you with these challenges.
IT organisations are forced to increase their power efficiency
to counteract huge cooling costs.
The new Powerware®BladeUPS™ for
your data centres
Designed specifically for high density computing environments,
the Powerware BladeUPS delivers 12 kW of efficient, reliable
power in only 6U of standard rack space, including batteries. It
also expands capacity by combining 12 kW modules in a building
block fashion to deliver 60 kW of redundant backup power from
a single rack enclosure. This powerful configuration delivers a
higher power density than competitive modular solutions, while
dissipating one-third of the heat.
In addition, the standard internal batteries provide needed ridethrough power until an auxiliary power source takes over or systems
are gracefully shut down. Extended runtime is up to 34 minutes at
full load (or 76 minutes at half load) with Extended Battery Modules
Power protection for:
Blade servers
Small, medium, and large data centres
Network environment
PBX and VoIP equipment
Networking applications: IPTV, security
Storage devices: RAID, SAN
Powerware BladeUPS - 12 kW
User´s benefits
• Modular, scalable and flexible backup power
architecture supports the constant moves and
changes of today´s dynamic data centers
• Designed and optimised for high-powered blade
servers and high density computing environments
• Reduces energy costs and cooling needs through
best-in-class efficiency performance
• Conserves valuable rack space with 12 kW of power
in only 6U of rack height, including batteries
• Accommodates growth by enabling building-block
upgrades from 12 kW to 60 kW in a single rack
• Delivers highest levels of reliability at the rack
with patented Powerware Hot Sync® paralleling
technology and intelligent bypass design, field
proven in thousands of large data centres globally
• Simplifies installation and service with true
connections and hot-swappable batteries and
electronic modules
• Increases battery life through ABM™ technology,
resulting in more uptime and fewer battery
Powerware BladeUPS in a rack
(60 kW, N+1 Redundant)
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Reduce energy costs with high efficiency
As utility rates are climbing higher and higher, the IT facility
managers look for the highest efficiency available in the
industry. Eaton, knowing that, designed the most efficient UPS
in the market enabling customers to reduce their energy costs
The Powerware BladeUPS delivers an outstanding, industryleading 97 per cent efficiency in normal operation. Even at <50
per cent load, where efficiency is typically much lower, this UPS
performs more efficiently than competitors’ modular products at
full load.
Powerware BladeUPS
Best-in-class UPS
Nominal UPS
Even at very small loads, where you would expect efficiency to be lower, the
Powerware BladeUPS is still more efficient than other UPS products at full
Even small increases in efficiency can quickly translate into
thousands of dollars. The example compares annual and five-year
energy costs for the Powerware BladeUPS and a competitor’s
solution. It’s easy to see that the Powerware BladeUPS pays for
itself through energy and cooling savings alone.
In addition to dramatic cost savings, high system efficiency
extends battery runtimes and produces cooler operating
conditions within the UPS, extending the life of components and
increasing overall reliability and performance.
Powerware BladeUPS
Nominal UPS
UPS Efficiency Rating
Rack Power Consumption
Cost per Kilowatt Hour
Cost to Operate per Hour
Monthly Power Savings
Heat Dissipation
(BTUs per hour)
*Monthly Cooling Savings
Annual Savings with
Powerware BladeUPS
>97 per cent
91.5 per cent
60 kW
60 kW
$ 0.08
$ 0.08
$ 4.94
$ 5,25
$ 218 Saved Each Month with Powerware BladeUPS
Five-Year Savings with
Powerware BladeUPS
$ 24,952 Saved In Five Years
$ 197 Saved Each Month with Powerware BladeUPS
$ 4,990 Saved Each Year
* Cooling savings based on industry calculation of cooling costs per kW of power costs.
Reduce cooling costs with lower heat
The high-efficiency Powerware BladeUPS reduces the power
requirements for the data centre. In the example shown, the
Powerware BladeUPS reduces energy costs by an average of
$218 per month. In addition, the high efficiency of a Powerware
BladeUPS reduces overall air conditioning needs by more than
one third, multiply that with a reduction in cooling costs by onethird and utility bills are further decreased by an additional $197
per month. The savings compound with the data centre size and
the number of UPS products. The low heat dissipation means this
UPS can be located close to equipment racks without a concern
for creating hot spots in the data centre.
The Powerware BladeUPS remains cool even in a data centre full of servers.
Meet current and changing requirements
with modular architecture
The building block of the Powerware BladeUPS system is a
6U rackmount module that provides 12 kW of backup power
protection. The system expands easily to provide maximum
results. As your data centre grows, the system’s modularity plays
a key role in optimising your capital planning and deployment.
Using the patented and field-proven Powerware Hot Sync
paralleling technology, up to six Powerware BladeUPS modules
can be paralleled for extra capacity or redundancy, providing
60 kW of redundant backup power protection in one 19" rack.
The Powerware BladeUPS is the most
scalable backup power protection
solution of its kind, scaling easily from
12 kW to 60 kW, N+1 redundant, in a
standard 19” rack enclosure.
Patented load-sharing control intelligently distributes the workload
among modules without requiring direct synchronisation links.
Any module can provide backup support to the other, with no
interruption or downtime. For instance, in a redundant system
you could perform full maintenance on any module without any
interruption of conditioned power to the protected IT equipment.
Powerware BladeUPS
Parallel Bar for
paralleling UPS
Redundant N+1 Configuration:
Six 12 kW UPS modules share
the load equally. If a UPS
module is removed from
service, the remaining
modules seamlessly support
the load without interruption.
42U Standard
Total Rack
Space: 24U
Three 12 kW UPS
modules = 36 kW
of backup power
12 kW Powerware
BladeUPS occupies
6U of space
12 kW
6U Electrical
Wire Way
36 kW or 24 kW, N+1
60 kW, N+1
The Powerware BladeUPS is designed to be extraordinarily flexible—configured as a single module or multi-module system (up to six modules) in a standard 19” rack enclosure. The modular
design enables you to deploy just the right amount of backup protection for your current needs,
and expand later whenever needed.
Easily set up with simple parallel
configuration changes
The Powerware BladeUPS is easy to install, configure, and deploy.
It can be also expanded later, without help from Eaton. To
link multiple Powerware BladeUPS modules into a parallel
configuration, all you need is a Powerware BladeUPS Parallel
Bar—a simple kit installed either in the bottom or in the top
of the rack and on the back rail. IT personnel can then simply
plug additional modules into the parallel bus bar. The system is
intelligent, so it automatically detects paralleled modules and fully
configures itself for parallel operations.
BladeUPS Parallel
Adding modules is a simple plug-and-power procedure for IT personnel
with safety approved connectors.
Administrators can monitor and manage the Powerware
BladeUPS using the unit's LCD panel or remote monitoring
software. The UPS provides data for the entire multi-module
system, as well as the individual module. In addition, a module
working in a parallel configuration can be separated at any time
and be re-deployed as a stand-alone module to meet a data
centre's changing requirements.
The Powerware BladeUPS Parallel Bar easily
connects up to six modules in parallel.
The brightly backlit 2.6" LCD shows parameters of the system or a module.
Access parallel system information
Display output from multiple modules
on one screen
Display full system output from any
Review any UPS from any display
Display individual module output
Display individual module output
The smallest footprint in the market
The Powerware BladeUPS offers the smallest footprint of any UPS
in its class and double the power density of any other UPS system
on the market. This compact design leaves extra space for important
IT equipment in the rack and data centre.
Competitor A
60 kW N+1 modular system
with 6 minute battery and manual
maintenance bypass
Powerware BladeUPS
60 kW N+1 modular
system with 6 minute
battery and automatic
maintenance bypass
Total square feet 0,66 m²
Expedite deployment with flexible
installation options
The Powerware BladeUPS can be deployed in a variety of system
architectures to support the specific requirement of your computer
room or data centre and to support the desired level of redundancy
(Tier I through Tier IV, as defined by the Uptime Institute).
Centralised power protection for small computer rooms. Start with
one 12 kW module and expand to 60 kW with N+1 redundancy in
single 19” rack enclosure.
Total square
feet = 1,67 m²
60 kW N+1 system
with 6 minute battery and internal
manual maintenance bypass
Competitor B
Total square
feet = 2,72 m²
60 kW N+1 system
with 6 minute battery and internal
manual maintenance bypass
Competitor C
Total square
feet = 2,54 m²
System Architecture with the Powerware BladeUPS
Centralised Power Protection
Centralised Power Protection—Dual Power Feeds
Zone power protection for mid-sized computer rooms. Deploy
60 kW (N+1) in a 19” rack to protect a row of IT equipment racks.
Zone Power Protection
Distributed power protection. Make 12 kW modules to protect one to three racks—thereby achieving zero footprint power protection.
Hybrid power protection. Stronger redundancy of power protection
for equipment racks containing critical IT equipment.
• For dual-corded loads with one source on a central UPS and the other on utility power, you can back up selected loads with a local Powerware BladeUPS, deployed in a distributed or zone fashion.
• For dual- or single-corded loads on a central UPS, you can back
up selected loads with a local Powerware BladeUPS (distributed
or zone) in series with the central UPS. This configuration provides
maximum reliability close to critical loads, with minimal heat
dissipation and maximum efficiency.
Distributed Power Protection
Hybrid Power Protection
Central Large UPS
With the flexibility to deploy and re-deploy a Powerware BladeUPS
either in single or parallel systems—data centre managers can tailor
power protection to adapt to changing needs, often without the need
for an electrician or service technician.
Eaton also offers an assortment of plug-and-play power distribution
accessories with various input and output connections to distribute
power from the Powerware BladeUPS to rack power strips or directly
to high-power servers. You can choose from distribution designs with
or without monitoring capability for redundant or non-redundant
applications spanning from zero U to full rack height.
Rack Enclosure
Powerware BladeUPS
Count on reliable system performance and
Recognising the mission-critical nature of data centre operations,
the Powerware BladeUPS has been designed for premium
reliability and continuous operation. The rackmount Powerware
BladeUPS incorporates leading technologies that Eaton has
developed for its largest UPS systems, such as:
Eaton's advanced battery managment.
ABM technology significantly extends battery service life with a
unique three-stage charging technique. The UPS automatically
tests battery health and provides advance notification when
preventive maintenance is needed, allowing ample time to hotswap batteries without ever having to shut down connected
Robust paralleling.
With Eaton’s patented Powerware Hot Sync technology, UPS
modules work in peer-to-peer fashion when configured in a
parallel system. Most other paralleling systems on the market
use a single central main controller with a backup controller. If
the main controller fails, the system must recognise this and
transfer control to the backup control or the entire system fails.
With Eaton’s patented approach, each UPS module operates
independently, yet is completely synchronised with the others.
There is no change in control, therefore no single point of failure.
Intelligent maintenance bypass switch.
The internal switch inside the UPS chassis automatically activates
bypass mode whenever a power module is removed. This feature
ensures that power to protected loads is not accidentally interrupted by human error. If the UPS is in a parallel environment with
N+1 redundancy, removing an electronics module only causes
that particular UPS module disconnects itself while the protected
equipment is supported by other modules in the configuration.
Static bypass switch.
All Powerware BladeUPS modules have their own static switch
for normal operations and for internal bypass in case of a high
overload condition, output load fault or internal failure.
Hot-swappable electronics and battery modules.
Replacing batteries or electronic modules can be done in
minutes without interrupting power to IT equipment. This hotswap capability helps reduce Mean Time to Repair (MTTR)
and dramatically improves the availability of the protected IT
Eaton's ABM technology significantly increases battery service life.
Flexibly distribute power to racks
With the Powerware Rack Power Module (RPM)
Partner the Powerware BladeUPS with a Powerware Rack Power
Module (RPM) to create a highly flexible, adaptable power delivery
architecture at the rack level. The RPM delivers up to 36 kW of
power in an organised manner to loads of various voltages, power
cords and layouts.
The 3U RPM can be deployed in the same rack with the UPS
and IT equipment; there’s no need for a dedicated infrastructure
rack. The resulting architecture has fewer cables to manage,
fewer distribution points to monitor, and greater flexibility for IT
personnel to make changes without an electrician.
Consider a Tier II data centre with 42 racks at 5kW per rack: the
Powerware BladeUPS with RPM can meet power requirements
with half the number of racks, 60 per cent less rack space, 45 per
cent less cabling and 41 per cent less square footage than other
vendors’ power distribution products that require dedicated racks.
These advantages make the Powerware BladeUPS with RPM ideal
for distributed protection in small to mid-sized data centres, or
to add zone protection in large data centres that have centralised
IT staff can easily replace battery modules.
Powerware Rack Power Module (RPM)
Simplify UPS installation and
The Powerware BladeUPS is easy to install, configure and deploy.
All Powerware BladeUPS modules (UPS and battery) come with
rackmount kits for easy installation in standard equipment racks.
In-house IT staff can install and service this UPS themselves.
Adding parallel units for future expansion is a simple plug-andplay procedure.
The Powerware BladeUPS battery trays are user-replaceable
so that one person, working alone, can replace the battery
without disrupting data centre operations or power to protected
Most IT teams are confident managing the Powerware BladeUPS
without outside help because of its simplicity. However, Eaton's
global service organisation is always available when needed.
IT staff can easily install electronics modules.
Flexible Runtime Options
Each Powerware BladeUPS can be configured with its own
external battery backup. The Powerware BladeUPS design
eliminates this single point of failure. Competitive, modular
systems use a centralised battery bank with a shared connection
point that presents a potential single point of failure.
Powerware BladeUPS Extended Battery Module
Powerware BladeUPS Typical Battery Runtime Chart (IN MINUTES)
Single Module
Internal Battery
Load kW
Load per cent + 1 EBMs
+ 2 EBMs
+ 3 EBMs
+ 4 EBMs
13 per cent 55 118
183 253 329
20 per cent 37 78.3
119 163 211
33 per cent 23
94 120
50 per cent 13
59 76
67 per cent 9
43 54
80 per cent 6.9
34 44
100 per cent 4.8
27 34
Powerware BladeUPS Typical Battery Runtime Chart (Parallel UPS, in minutes)
Number of Total Configuration Internal Battery
+ 1 EBMs
+ 2 EBMs
+ 3 EBMs
+ 4 EBMs
UPS Modules Load kW
6 60
6 15 22 29
5 48
6.9 17 26 34
4 36
7,7 18 28 37
3 24
9 21 32 43
2 12
13 30 44 59
Monitor the power infrastructure from
You can monitor the Powerware BladeUPS over your LAN or the
Internet to stay informed of conditions in the power protection
With Powerware LanSafe® software that comes with the UPS
in brackets, administrators can monitor the UPS status and
gracefully shutdown or restart the systems connected to that UPS.
Using PowerVision® software, you can also monitor the status of
multiple UPSs and ancillary devices to accurately diagnose past
events and predict future conditions.
Software and connectivity options provide a unified window into
the state of IT and facilities systems. With this level of visibility,
you can transform the power system into a powerful strategic
Powerware LanSafe software is included at no charge with the
Powerware BladeUPS.
Gain a new level of confidence
Eaton offers a comprehensive line of outstanding products that
address your challenges of designing and managing high density
data centres:
• Rackmount and freestanding power protection systems, which
deliver computer-grade power with battery backup throughout a
data centre.
• Versatile power distribution products, which make it easy to
deliver power exactly where needed, even as data centres adapt
and evolve.
• Remote monitoring solutions to provide an added level of
security for critical assets.
Eatons's Powerware solutions provide the confidence, that power
problems will not disrupt your systems, data and operations.
X-Slot communication cards integrate
BladeUPS to monitoring systems and keep
administrators informed of power events.
Technical Spec­i­fi­ca­tions
General Characteristics
Communications and User Interface
Power Rating
Heat Dissipation
Audible Noise, Normal Operation
Altitude Before Derating
Software UPS ships with Software Suite CD containing
LanSafe power management software and a trial
version of PowerVision
X-Slot® Bays
Two available for the cards listed below
Control Panel LCD Two lines by 20 characters
Four menu-driven interface buttons
Four status at a glance LEDs
English standard; 20 languages available
Configuration User capable, firmware auto configures
Dry Contact Inputs Two, user-configurable
Dry Contact OutputsOne, user-configurable
12 kW per UPS Module
Up to 97 per cent
371W/1266 BTU/hr at 100 per cent rated load
Fan cooled, temperature microprocessor
monitored; front air entry, rear exhaust
<60 dBA at 1 meter
1000 meters (3300 ft ASL)
Input Characteristics
Input Voltage
Voltage Range
Frequency Range
Input Current Distortion
Input Power Factor
Inrush Current
Input Requirements
Bypass Source
Generator Compatibility
400 Vac
400V: 311 to 519 Vac, phase to phase
50 or 60 Hz, ±5 Hz
<5 per cent with IT loads (PFC power supplies)
>0.99 with IT loads (PFC power supplies)
Load dependent
Three-phase, four-wire + ground
Same as input (single feed)
Fast sync slew rate for generator synchronisation
Output Characteristics
Rated Output Voltage
Output Configuration
Output Frequency (nominal)
Frequency Regulation
Load Power Factor Range
Total Output Voltage Distortion
Preventative Maintenance
Corrective Maintenance
Serviceability Features
User capable, located in the IT racks
User capable, optional factory service available
User capable, optional factory service available
Hot-swappable batteries
Hot-swappable electronics module
Automated internal maintenance bypass
Auto-configure firmware
Flash firmware upgradeable
400V: 180 to 240 Vac, Ph to N
Three-phase, four-wire + ground
50 or 60 Hz auto-detection on startup
0.1 Hz free running
Lagging: 0.7
Leading: 0.9
<3 per cent with IT loads (PFC power supplies)
<5 per cent non-linear or non-PFC power supplies
Surge Protection
Hazardous Materials (RoHS)
400V model: CE
400V model: EN 62040-2 Class A
ANSI C62.41, Cat B-3
EU Directive 2002/95/EC Category 3 (4 of 5)
Warranty Repair
12 months
Factory depot repair or replace
Options and Accessories
Battery Characteristics
Battery Type
Battery Runtime 13 minutes at 50 per cent load
4.8 minutes at 100 per cent load
Battery String 240 Vdc
Battery Test
Automatic battery test standard
(remote scheduling capable)
Manual battery test from front display
Battery Recharge ABM three-stage charging technology
Battery Cut-off Variable from 1.67 VPC at <5 min. runtime to Voltage
1.75 VPC at >90 min. runtime
Battery Low Condition
Extended Battery Capability
Announced with alarm
Yes, add up to four additional 3U battery enclosures
(~34 min at 100 per cent load, >1 hour at 50 per cent load)
Physical Characteristics
Dimensions (HxWxD)
261 (6U) x 442 x 660 mm
132 (3U) x 437 x 660 mm
Total Chassis Weight
46 kg
without batteries or
Total Chassis Weight
140 kg
with batteries or
Total UPS Weight 61 kg
without Batteries
Total UPS Weight 140 kg
with Batteries
EBM Weight
77 kg
Detachable input cord
Detachable input/output cord assembly
Detachable paralleling cord assembly
Extended Battery Modules (EBMs)
3U output sub-distribution module
0U to 3U rack power strips
60 kW Powerware BladeUPS Parallel Bar
Four-post rail kit
Optional X-Slot Communication Cards
Environment Monitoring
Modbus® RTU
IBM eServer™ (i5™, iSeries™,
or AS/400®), industrial Parallel
Remote Monitoring
Remote LCD Display
Powerware Card
ConnectUPS-X Web/SNMP Card
EMP Environmental Monitoring Probe
(requires Web/SNMPcard)
Modbus Card
Relay Interface Card
Powerware Hot Sync Card
Modem Card
Due to continuing product improvement programs, specifications are subject to change without notice.
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In the interests of continual product
improvement all specifications are
subject to change without notice.
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