Eaton Corporation, a provider of systems and services for power quality, has announced the introduction of the new version of its Intelligent Power Manager software.
The updated software includes compatibility with the VMware vSphere 5.1 virtualization platform and a new load shedding capability designed to extend available battery backup time for information technology (IT) and data center managers when critical business functions are compromised by power outages, the company said.
"When the power goes out, businesses need to keep mission-critical workloads running," said Herve Tardy, vice president and general manager, Eaton Distributed Power Quality Division. "Our latest software innovation is designed to provide enhanced business value for customers by systematically shedding virtual workloads to significantly increase available backup time without the need for additional hardware investments."
End-users can set up Intelligent Power Manager's load shedding feature by first assigning virtual machines (VM) with one of five priority levels. Each priority level can be configured with shutdown type as well as timing for the initiation of shutdown and suspend sequences.
Upon detection of a power outage, Eaton's software will suspend or shutdown VMs as configured in each priority level. When VMware's Distributed Power Manager is active, it will automatically consolidate the remaining active VMs before idling inactive servers. This process is designed to reduce uninterruptible power system (UPS) battery drain to extend the available backup time needed to carry out failover processes, the company added.
According to the company, the update improves upon Intelligent Power Manager software's existing VMware integration that enables IT personnel to view, monitor and administer not only physical and virtual servers, but also uninterruptible power systems (UPSs), power distribution units (PDUs) and other power devices directly through VMware's vCenter Server dashboard. The software solution also enables users to initiate automatic and transparent live migrations of virtual machines and can trigger VMware Site Recovery Manager's disaster recovery and planned migration processes, therefore moving critical applications to available servers either within an organization, or to a co-located facility or public cloud.