Eaton poll reveals power management misconceptions amongst IT professionals

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Subsequently, they could be increasing their personal workload and missing out on uptime advantages unnecessarily by carrying out some power management tasks manually.

Steve Spicer of Eaton explained, ‘It seems that not all IT professionals realise there is much more to modern UPSs than providing power supply support. One respondent told us that they get an email alert when their system goes onto battery power, at which point they have to intervene manually. They were quite surprised when we told them they didn’t need to and that their UPS can manage everything from automatic live migration of virtual machines during power disruptions to a graceful shutdown of computers, virtual machines and servers during an extended power outage.’

The poll, which was conducted by Eaton at Spiceworks’ recent SpiceWorld London user conference, also revealed that 85 per cent of IT professionals who responded had experienced a power outage within the last 12 months and of these, 33 per cent had taken up to five hours to recover.

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