Power management company Eaton Corp. announced last week it struck a deal to acquire Wright Line Holding, which specializes in data center rack enclosures.

Cleveland, Ohio-based Eaton said the deal will allow the company to expand its portfolio of data center offerings beyond its core base of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and power distribution systems.

“The acquisition of Wright Line significantly enhances Eaton’s ability to bring a broader, more robust set of solutions to help CIOs and IT managers address the challenges associated with today’s modern data centers,” Jerry Whitaker, Eaton’s president for the Americas region, said in a statement.

Wright Line, based in Worcester, Mass., provides customized enclosures, rack systems and air flow management systems to store, power and secure data center infrastructures. The company has about 350 employees and annual sales of $101 million.

Eaton said it was particularly attracted to Wright’s line of energy-efficient enclosures and air flow systems. It has a patented heat containment technology, which uses a “chimney” approach to removing air from a server cabinet.

In addition to being in the UPS and power management business, Eaton is a diversified manufacturer of electrical components for a wide range of industrial uses, from the military to the automotive industry. It has 70,000 employees and 2009 sales of $11.9 billion.


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