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Vertiv teams up with VMware to solve network management issues

By Catherine Knowles, Thu 19 Aug 21

Vertiv has introduced the latest version of Vertiv Power Insight, which directly integrates with VMware vCenter Management Platform, the centralised monitoring application.

This is the first version of the Vertiv Power Insight software to provide single-pane-of-glass management capabilities in vCenter. Vertiv Power Insight v2.4 can be downloaded now from the Vertiv website.

Designed for users with distributed IT systems and a need for centralised management of their power infrastructure, Vertiv Power Insight is designed to be easy to install and use.

It is said to simplify management of UPS systems and rPDUs across distributed, virtualised environments.

With Vertiv Power Insight v2.4, data centre and IT managers can manage up to 100 devices, including Vertiv uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems and rack power distribution units (rPDUs), directly from the Power Insight software or their vCenter application, Vertiv states.

The key addition to Vertiv Power Insight v2.4 is the VMware vCenter Plugin for seamless integration with the VMware vCenter Management Platform, according to the company.

This enables single-view monitoring, configuration, control, and shutdown of virtual machines and improves application availability with automatic virtual machine migration through VMware’s vMotion.

The new version also includes alarm enhancements and management updates.

Vertiv vice president of single phase UPS, Ramesh Menon, says, “Today’s networks are more powerful than ever, but also more complex and decentralised, relying on virtualisation to maximise their efficiency and reliability.

"This evolution has reduced visibility into critical power protection equipment and limited the ability of organisations to respond to issues expeditiously. Vertiv Power Insight provides much-needed visibility and control that leads to increased efficiency and availability.”

Vertiv Asia director for integrated racks and solutions Andy Liu says, “We’ve made managing multiple, distributed IT networks simpler with the Vertiv Power Insight.

"This empowers IT teams by giving them the ability to easily manage their IT networks securely. This is ideal for banks, large enterprises, government offices, healthcare industries and even schools that need to closely manage a complex IT network.”

Overall, Vertiv Power Insight aggregates data from up to 100 devices, reducing the need for manual processes and simplifying decision-making for IT managers, the company states.

It automatically discovers devices added to the network and provides real-time alerts when issues arise, in order to improve response times and helps organisations prevent or respond quickly to critical events.

In addition, when necessary, Vertiv Power Insight protects IT equipment, applications, and data by ensuring a graceful shutdown of host and virtual machines.

More broadly, Vertiv offers hardware, software, analytics and ongoing services with the intention of helping customers run applications continuously, perform optimally and grow with business needs.

Vertiv specifically focuses on data centres, communication networks and commercial and industrial facilities with a portfolio of power, cooling and IT infrastructure solutions and services that extends from the cloud to the edge of the network.

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