Going Beyond Backup

In a well-designed virtual environment, an advanced power management software solution is essential. It not only keeps you up and running in a crisis, it helps you cut expenses, save space, boost responsiveness, and even promotes a greener environment. Read on to see how you can go beyond business continuity.
How to go beyond business continuity with cutting-edge software solutions:
Without question, the rewards of server virtualization have made the technology increasingly attractive to IT managers, evidenced by its widespread adoption across virtually all business sectors. However, while virtualization arms IT managers with potent tools, none of the popular virtualization software providers include built-in functionality for responding to power outages. Thankfully, this can be overcome by deploying the proper power management software. As such, companies should view advanced power management solutions as an essential component of any well-designed server virtualization environment. Cutting-edge software solutions will not only better facilitate business continuity, but can significantly slash operating expenses, reduce infrastructure requirements, and boost productivity and responsiveness.
Here are valuable features that go beyond business continuity to reduce an organization’s capital expenses as well as preserve space and promote a greener environment.
Load shedding: A solution that offers hypervisor integrated load shedding capabilities will slash physical infrastructure costs and space requirements, benefitting a company’s bottom line. Because load shedding prolongs runtime for critical devices, the UPS can be equipped with fewer batteries—lowering up-front purchase costs.
Space-saving: Substantial savings can be realized through lower ongoing battery replacement and maintenance costs throughout the life of the UPS. Even more, reducing the number of external batteries frees up valuable data center real estate space while lowering energy consumption. Consider an average medium size server room deployment of three, 6kVA rackmount UPS systems. Load shedding capabilities will save approximately $3,000 in upfront CapEx costs by requiring fewer external battery modules, not to mention replacement battery savings down the road. Under this scenario, an organization will also gain an average of 6U of rack space, while achieving the same runtime. Furthermore, an organization can avoid data retrieval costs of $2,450 per hardware device through environmental load shedding (shutting down hardware to prevent over temperature and equipment failure), as well as reduce generator fuel consumption by an average of 54 percent to ride through long-term power outages, keeping the most critical VMs running longer.
Power capping on demand: Another beneficial feature afforded by some premium power management software solutions is power capping. Keeping critical workloads running longer during a power outage by limiting server power consumption, this tool can yield gains of up to 200 percent runtime with the same number of battery modules, when paired with integrated load shedding. It’s not surprising that a software solution offering these advantages provides exceptional return on investment (ROI), often paying for itself in as little as a few months.