Power Backup in Virtualized Data Centers: 10 Ways to Improve Uptime
Manage Power Directly From Any Major Virtualization Platform
The latest systems integrate closely with leading virtualization platforms to significantly ease the complexities of keeping critical applications continuously available. This integration enables technicians to monitor and administer not only physical and virtual servers but UPSes and other power devices through a single interface. It also records all power events in the same place network events are logged, allowing users to access all system notifications in one convenient location.
Server virtualization gives enterprises a range of new capabilities to lower hardware spending, simplify administration and improve availability. It's no wonder that about 80 percent of server workloads supported by x86 systems-driven hardware will be running on virtual machines by 2016, according to Gartner industry research. However, as with any new IT, there are going to be disruptive factors for those who administer it. With the benefits of server virtualization also come new challenges for facility managers. A new level of complexity is required when it comes to avoiding data loss and maintaining uptime during electrical interruptions. This is another illustration of how eWEEK's overall theme of "control of the data" steps into play. Fortunately, a growing list of automation packages is now available to expand the capabilities of a virtual environment in a disaster recovery scenario. Eaton, Emerson Network Power and APC are three of the world's leading uninterruptible power supply (UPS) providers that make systems that help customers develop strategic systems for maintaining business continuity. This eWEEK slide show, based on best-practices information from Eaton, summarizes a few of the latest solutions.