In the last few years virtualisation has become more than just a buzzword. Today it is a business essential. It is easy to see why more and more businesses, regardless of their size, consider making virtual components part of their IT stack when planning their next system upgrade: virtual environments run more services on less hardware and, more importantly, keep services up and running during disruptions in the power supply, protecting critical loads. Not only will moving processes onto virtual servers save space and, in most cases, energy, but by embracing virtualisation you are also future-proofing your operations.

Compatibility and integration are essential when it comes to building a virtualisation-ready infrastructure. The separate components of a power infrastructure must work seamlessly together to maximise the flexibility offered by virtualisation. A reliable and efficient UPS is a key component in any power infrastructure and many modern units, such as Eaton’s 5PX and 9PX UPSs, are already compatible with virtual environments. The 9PX, for example, is a perfect match for IT and facility managers who are concerned by energy costs and looking for next generation power protection solutions. Compatible with virtualisation platforms from IT technology leaders such as VMWare, Microsoft, EMC, NetApp and VCE, the 9PX UPS helps IT managers bridge the gap between electrical and IT infrastructures, optimising the protection offered by the UPS whilst accessing the various benefits of operating on virtual servers.

While even a basic UPS provides back-up power for the system in case of  an electrical disturbance, a virtualisation-compatible UPS is able to take control of the system and proactively migrate to an unaffected server or power source on a remote site or in the cloud, be it Public, Private or Hybrid. For this, it requires help from power management software. Eaton’s Intelligent Power Software Suite (IPM & IPP) ensures business continuity and back up for your virtual environment. It also simplifies operations by plugging into a virtual dashboard so that you can view all the relevant applications, including all the connected UPSs, in a single pane of glass from any location on the LAN or WAN.

So now that the infrastructure is in place, what happens when the power goes out? The first thing to think about is shutting down the virtual servers. The easiest way to initiate shutdown is at the host level through the UPS power management software, as the shutdown can be initiated and managed from one location. The Intelligent Power Manager gracefully shuts down processes to keep critical machines up and running in the virtualised environment, enabling servers to be consolidated to maximise uptime as this video demonstrates.

To sum up, IT infrastructures comprising of virtualisation-ready components can take operations to the next level whilst simplifying power management and protecting the system against damage caused by power disruption. The role of virtual components is likely to increase in the future, so make sure your IT infrastructure is ready to leverage the opportunities.

Visit Eaton to find your ideal intelligent power management solution for converged and hyper-converged infrastructure.

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