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We performed a comparison between Eaton UPS and Schneider Electric-APC Smart-UPS VT based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Data Center Power Solutions solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Eaton UPS vs. Schneider Electric-APC Smart-UPS VT report (Updated: September 2022).
634,775 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The fact that they're reliable and that they notify us whenever the line power drops are the only things we really need. All of our UPS's have been available and up whenever power outages have happened.""The battery life seems to be pretty good. I don't have a lot of experience with other units of its size, but it does a good job of keeping our unit up.""Our Eaton UPSs help with business continuity. I have a reliable system in place that I know that I can trust.""The technology is reliable."

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"We have not had a lot of issues over the many years we have been using the solution.""I like it because we don't have any problems.""You can scale it by adding batteries."

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Cons
"They could enhance their software, but overall, it's a good solution.""When it comes to the power management software portion, that's the part that I haven't really seen or heard a lot about. The dashboards of the UPS's, or the management software, are one area that they could probably improve a little.""I think the batteries are based on lead-acid technology so they have to be replaced every five years, but with the new lithium-ion battery technology that is available, it might be good if, at some point, they updated their battery technology.""The external monitoring solution could use further enhancements. I'm thinking of business continuity. If an internal legacy monitoring solution goes down, and it has no one to connect to the outside world, then it can't send out an alert. How are we going to be able to determine that there is a problem with that UPS if it loses network connectivity?"

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"Schneider's vendor, I believe, needs to be more involved with the customer. We have to constantly look for them because they don't come to me. I have to go there, and I don't want to. I don't want to waste time looking for a vendor. We require immediate attention.""We have been having some issues with the solutions controller and we are having problems finding spare parts.""The duration of the batteries could be much better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I have mixed feelings about the pricing and licensing. I believe that when you sell a UPS, and considering the UPS is a lifeline to a lot of the major corporations, the monitoring solution should be part of the package automatically, out-the-door. If you have to raise that price on the UPS an extra $5,000, then do so at that moment. Don't have that as an extra offer after the UPS has been sold. I believe that all UPSs need to have high availability, all the latest software installed, and be ready to go out-the-door."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is that they work. They've been really reliable for us. They come as advertised. There is also a nice network feature that allows us to monitor them.
    Top Answer:The pricing was very fair. That was one of the criteria when we did our evaluation and Eaton had the better price at that time. And what's amazing about it is that I found no other costs with Eaton… more »
    Top Answer:If they could reduce the footprint even more, that would be great. And they could always make heat dissipation better. But as long as they're reliable and they work, I don't think there is much room… more »
    Top Answer:The duration of the batteries could be much better. After two or three years, we always have to change the batteries. If there is any solution in the future that could have longer-life batteries, it… more »
    Top Answer:This solution protects a security system and managing camera, which the ethernet provides. The purpose of that UPS is to protect that particular part of the network.
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    Also Known As
    Eaton Powerware, Powerware 9300 Series
    Smart-UPS VT
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    Overview

    Eaton UPS is a power management provider that delivers a comprehensive portfolio of uninterruptible power supply, backup power, power distribution, and power management solutions, which protect you from a host of threats, including power outages, surges, and lightning strikes. Eaton’s offerings are designed to deliver superior flexibility, maximum efficiency, and unprecedented reliability for network closets, server rooms, and data centers of all sizes.

    Eaton UPS Key Features

    Eaton’s power quality portfolio encompasses a comprehensive offering of power management solutions all from a single-source provider.

    • Complete backup solution: Protect against all nine power problems: power failures, power sags, power surges, under-voltage, electrical line noise, over-voltage, frequency variation, switching transients, and harmonic distortion. Minimize the risk for component stress, burned circuit boards, data crashes, and program failures.

    • LCD display: LCD interface for viewing current UPS status, feature adjustments, alarm settings, and servicing lockouts.

    • Central monitoring and event management: Monitor your entire system using Eaton’s web-based dashboard from a single screen to see a real-time picture of power quality and energy usage. From the dashboard you can set up and manage alarms and system events.

    • Comprehensive reporting: Eaton’s reporting feature allows you to see past individual measurements, trend graphs, and events. It analyzes the complex data from multiple sites and automatically consolidates the information into simple graphical reports.

    • Ethernet connectivity: Connect your Eaton UPS directly to your Ethernet network and to the internet and monitor it from your desktop without installing any additional software.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Eaton UPS stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Several major ones are its extensive monitoring and reporting tools, its scalability, and that it is a stable and very reliable product.

    Brad G., a technical services manager at a government company, notes, “The fact that they're reliable and that they notify us whenever the line power drops are the only things we really need. All our UPS's have been available and up whenever power outages have happened. So far, the battery life, from my observation, seems better than average. It was one of the features that Eaton had described to us. They have a certain way of charging the batteries and keeping them charged so that they actually last longer.”

    Juno C., a radiation oncologist at East Oregon Cancer Center, writes, "The battery life seems to be pretty good. I don't have a lot of experience with other units of its size, but it does a good job of keeping our unit up. There is no active power management. It just keeps the power up. We haven't had any power failures that are long enough to completely drain the battery. It's been good for small power failures. In addition, I can access the built-in webpage on the UPS and use that to look at the status. It's on all the time and monitoring. It gives us an email once a month telling us that our device is working properly. It will also list the power events that happened in that month."

    Smart-UPS VT offers centralized three-phase power protection with the reliability of the award winning Smart-UPS family. Ideal for small data centers, large retail stores, regional offices, and dense power requirements, the Smart-UPS VT includes dual-mains input, automatic and maintenance bypasses, and scalable runtime with hot-swappable batteries for increased availability. The rack mounted version maximizes valuable floor space by incorporating UPS, power distribution, and additional battery capacity in a single rack. Low cost of ownership is achieved through best-in-class efficiency and a reduction in rating of electrical infrastructure - wires, transformers, and generators due the Smart-UPS VT's Soft Start feature. The APC Network Management Card with temperature monitoring provides remote monitoring and management through a simple Web/SNMP interface and provides integration with InfraStruXure Manager. Serviceability is greatly enhanced by user-replaceable batteries, manageable extended run frames and included start-up and standard onsite warranty services. All these features make the Smart-UPS VT the easiest UPS in its class to deploy, manage and maintain.
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    Sample Customers
    Gamatronic
    The Boston Red Sox
    Top Industries
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    Healthcare Company25%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government17%
    Computer Software Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Government8%
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    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Government8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise64%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise54%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise52%
    Buyer's Guide
    Eaton UPS vs. Schneider Electric-APC Smart-UPS VT
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Eaton UPS vs. Schneider Electric-APC Smart-UPS VT and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Eaton UPS is ranked 1st in Data Center Power Solutions with 4 reviews while Schneider Electric-APC Smart-UPS VT is ranked 2nd in Data Center Power Solutions with 3 reviews. Eaton UPS is rated 9.0, while Schneider Electric-APC Smart-UPS VT is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Eaton UPS writes "The different layers of redundancy provide reliability and business continuity ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Schneider Electric-APC Smart-UPS VT writes "Reasonably priced, simple to install, and responsive technical support". Eaton UPS is most compared with Liebert NX, Schneider Electric-APC Symmetra PX, Emerson Network Power Npower, Tripplite SmartPro and Gamatronic Mega Power+, whereas Schneider Electric-APC Smart-UPS VT is most compared with Liebert NX, MGE Galaxy, Schneider Electric-APC Symmetra PX, Emerson Network Power Npower and Chloride Data Center Power Solutions. See our Eaton UPS vs. Schneider Electric-APC Smart-UPS VT report.

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