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As the number of VMs on a physical server increases, processing activity goes up. Another key issue with virtual servers involves the ability to monitor the level of server utilization and adjust parameters to optimize power consumption. Administrators need to be notified of thermal conditions so that risk is reduced. Intelligent controls can monitor heat and memory usage to better optimize power use. System fans, for example, can be powered up or down individually, based on the thermal readings.

Everyone in IT circles understands the appeal of virtualized servers. Having a virtualized data center transforms IT assets into more agile, efficient and scalable solutions. A single physical server can support multiple virtual machines, each running its own operating system and applications, so consolidating physical servers into fewer virtual servers lets businesses reduce spending on hardware, energy and floor space.

Because virtualized server platforms are becoming more powerful and capable of hosting more virtual machines, IT faces a new set of challenges, such as the rapid deployment of these virtual servers, migration, remote management, power management and performance monitoring across the physical and virtual environments.

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The Power of Virtualization — Beyond Server Consolidation It's a simple notion: having fewer servers means a lower power footprint. That's one of the top motivations driving enterprises to server virtualization. But it's not enough to just consolidate IT resources and run more virtual machines on that smaller footprint. IT also needs to proactively manage power capacity to maximize the efficiencies gained through virtualization. This white paper discusses the benefits of combining power distribution and supply components with management software to automatically track new server installations and provide higher precision, control, and automation to power distribution.

Scaling the Promise of Virtualization — Less is More with Server VirtualizationMany enterprises are consolidating to fewer physical servers by creating more and more virtual machines. This growing phenomenon and the need to implement next-generation IT technologies — such as advanced analytics and scalable Web — is generating demand for more robust servers with enhanced performance. Increased core density and memory scalability are the keys to seamlessly handling those increased workloads. Read this white paper to learn how more robust servers based on industry-leading 16-core processors can provide the performance and scalability to address increasing workloads, with a lower overall power and thermal footprint.

Virtual Performance Matters — Virtualization Challenges Doing more with less is a key imperative for most IT organizations, hence the growing reliance on server virtualization. But without the right management tools, virtualized servers can quickly sprawl out of control and overrun IT's ability to manage them effectively. As organizations look to virtualization as the road to greater consolidation and scalability, read this white paper to discover the recipe for managing virtualization performance: hardware that satisfies growing demands and the ability to effectively meet expectations, along with an integrated management software solution to proactively monitor server health, performance, and power usage.


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