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Virtualization

Virtualization can result in increased rack density, but it also introduces issues that go beyond high density alone and which must be considered in power and cooling systems supporting a virtualized environment.virtualization video
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What's different now?

According to a recent IDC study among IT enterprise data center managers, ???Virtualization continues its move into enterprise datacenters. Only a small percentage of respondents signaled they have no plans to deploy virtualization.??? Virtualization is bringing higher and higher processor utilization to the data center, increasing the business importance and criticality of each physical server, which makes effective power and cooling even more vital in safeguarding availability. The need for capacity management is greatest when there is change; changing server populations, varying power density, load migration both over time and in physical location - and the steady advance of new technologies and increasing pressure to conserve energy. The abrupt, sometimes extreme, reduction in IT load that accompanies virtualization presents an opportunity for cost reduction in power and cooling systems that is often missed.

The Schneider Electric Solution

Effective deployment of virtualization emphasizes the need for an integrated capacity management solution with real-time visibility to the power, cooling and physical space capacities at the rack and server level, to ensure efficient use of resources and to warn of scarce or unusable ones. Schneider Electric???s Operations Capacity provides automated intelligence and modeling of the physical infrastructure capacities, suggests the best place for adding equipment, as well as simulates the effect of proposed changes and recognizes conditions in time for corrective action to be taken. With this intelligence, virtualization can fulfill its potential for efficiency and business value.

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