Call it a virtual get-together. Power technology guru Eaton has worked with VMware to integrate its Intelligent Power Manager software modules into the VMware vCenter server virtualization platform.
Here's how it works: Eaton's power management fits into the vCenter server console, allowing data center managers to monitor or tweak power devices that are on the virtual network. This is a consolidation play in its own right: typically you would have to peek at these things separately through multiple applications or dashboards. The two have also worked on a feature that will kick in during instances of longer power interruptions: the Eaton software will work with VMware vMotion to move virtual machines off an affected server onto hardware that hasn't been disrupted.
The Intelligent Power Manager keeps tabs on uninterruptible power supplies, Eaton ePDU technology, Power over Ethernet midspans, and various cooling and humidity sensors. It measures data such as battery levels, loads, estimated runtime and so on.
The plug-in for vCenter can be downloaded. The two companies plan to team up to market and sell the technology, as well as provide training.