Conserve power with data center virtualization

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Recently, a research conducted by Microsoft, it has been revealed that the daily power consumption of a typical data center is equivalent to the monthly power consumption of thousand homes, with a total of 61 billion kilowatt hours going toward datacenter energy consumption. If this pace is maintained then in the forthcoming three years we will require additional 10-15 power plants to keep up to the requirements.

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Conserve power with data center virtualization

  1. 1. Conserve Power with Data Center VirtualizationRecently, a research conducted by Microsoft, it has been revealed that the daily powerconsumption of a typical data center is equivalent to the monthly power consumption of thousandhomes, with a total of 61 billion kilowatt hours going toward datacenter energy consumption. If thispace is maintained then in the forthcoming three years we will require additional 10-15 powerplants to keep up to the requirements.Therefore, data center managers have two essential guidelines to follow, namely operationalefficiency and application accessibility. Generally, these two often remain at odds with each other.For attaining operational efficiency a data center manager requires to introduce new technologies.However, when it comes to the deployment of new technologies there are certain applicationaccessibility challenges. In addition to this, there remains the old school adage “if it is not broken,then do not fix it” that further leads to challenges in the adoption of new technology trends. One ofthe time tested ways of managing data center expenses and offering application accessibility isdatacenter virtualization.The concept of data center virtualization is a simple one – converting physical instances to virtualones, hosting multiple virtual instances on lesser physical machines, and minimize powerconsumption. Gartner in 2008 predicted that approximately 4 million virtual machines are expectedby 2009 and 611 million virtualized personal computers are expected by 2011 with the ITarchitecture and operations deeply influenced by virtualization in 2012. However, globallyarchitects are working towards finding out the appropriate application for virtualization and howcan virtualization assist in power conservation?According to computing language, data center virtualization is a broad term that indicates theabstraction of computer resources. The term was widely used back in the 1960’s. The process ofvirtualization allows one computer carry on the job of numerous computers, by resource sharingfrom a single computer across multiple platforms. The various forms of virtualization are:-· Platform Virtualization – This is the separation of an OS from the underlying platformresources· Resource Virtualization- This entails virtualization of certain system resources, for instancename spaces, network resources and storage volumes
  2. 2. · Application Virtualization – This consists of hosting of individual applications on a separatesoftware/hardware· Desktop Virtualization - This refers to the remote manipulation of a computer desktopToday, eminent companies specializing in information security and systems integration has come upwith innovative datacenter server virtualization lifecycle services. These services can help you attainbenefits such as:-CAPEX Savings from· Partition· ConsolidationOPEX Savings from· Virtualized production servers· High availability· Enhanced disaster recovery capabilityStrategic Business Benefits like agility & flexible through:· Automated IT processes· Available resource pools· Capacity on-demand· Data Center Operational SupportData center virtualization is frequently implemented to assist business scenarios such as data centerconsolidation, disaster recovery, test and development and security. Virtualization is much morethan a mere consolidation of physical services and reducing data center expenses. The technologyhas other useful impacts that range from optimal resource utilization to substantial savings inpower, energy and management expenses.Related Links: Service desk, Identity and access management

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