Opengear Partners with Eaton Delivering Secure, Distributed Power Management with Network Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS) Tools

Opengear (, a leading provider of next generation out-of-band management solutions, today announced its partnership with Eaton to deliver secure, distributed power management with Network UPS Tools (NUT). This open source collaboration places Opengear ahead of the competition, as it is the only console server on the market integrated with NUT capabilities. 

Network UPS Tools support the more complex power architectures found in data centers, computer rooms and Network Operation Centers (NOCs) where many UPSs from numerous vendors power a multitude of systems.

“We have supported the NUT initiative for many years as we strongly believe in the power of open source solutions. Opengear shares our open approach and the collaboration of technologies,” said Hervé Tardy, vice president and general manager, Eaton Distributed Power Quality Business Unit. “We’re pleased to be working with Opengear to combine both market experience and power expertise as we rapidly expand into new markets and execute our global strategy of providing customers in the $7 billion UPS and PDU marketplace true interoperability.”

With the integration of NUT, Opengear is adding open source power management to its leading communications and server management appliances. “The NUT project is a group of open source programs that provides a common interface for monitoring and administering UPS hardware and ensures safe shutdowns of the systems, which are connected. NUT is built on a modular model and supports more than 80 different manufacturers, and several thousands UPS’s, with various communication protocols (serial, USB, SNMP, XML, etc.),” said Arnaud Quette, NUT project leader and Eaton Distributed Power Quality employee.

“An advantage of the NUT project is that it is the FLOSS standard for UPS management and is widely available, used and tested. Integrating NUT into Opengear appliances unifies out-of-band management of power, communications and servers,” said Bob Waldie, co-founder and CEO of Opengear. “Working together with Eaton, the NUT project will roll in a new era of flexible, secure and integrated power management solutions for office networks, branch offices and datacenters alike.”

By using Opengear appliances with NUT, UPS configuration, security and communications are centralized and systems administrators have an alternative to configuring multiple dedicated server systems loaded with NUT software on a network. Each Opengear appliance can be accessed via a secure browser (HTTPS) or secure terminal session (SSH) and control and monitor many serial or USB UPS’s connected directly to its ports. This reduces the need to have more expensive UPS’s connected directly to the network and offers another layer of protection. The NUT tools (upsd, upsmon, UPS drivers, upsc) and supporting libraries (libgd, libusb) are embedded in Opengear’s KCS6000, IMG4000, IM4200 and CM4100 families of console servers. For more information about the NUT integration with Opengear please visit: 

About Eaton Corporation

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader in electrical control, power distribution, uninterruptible power supply and industrial automation products and services. Eaton’s global electrical brands, including Cutler-Hammer®, MGE Office Protection SystemsTM, Powerware®, Holec®, MEM®, Santak and Moeller, provide customer-driven PowerChain Management® solutions to serve the power system needs of the industrial, institutional, government, utility, commercial, residential, IT, mission critical and OEM markets worldwide. 

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 82,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit 

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About Opengear

Opengear delivers secure, resilient access and automation to critical IT infrastructure, even when the network is down. Provisioning, orchestration and remote management of network devices, through innovative software and appliances, enables technical staff to manage their data centers and remote network locations reliably and efficiently. Opengear’s business continuity solutions are trusted by global organizations across financial, digital communications, retail and manufacturing industries. The company is headquartered in New Jersey, with R&D centers in Silicon Valley and Brisbane, Australia. For more information please visit

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