The most business-critical application in your data center could very well be the VMware vCenter Server.

As you continue to add to the number of virtual machines in your environment, keeping your VMware vCenter Server up and running becomes increasingly important. Think about it: If vCenter goes down, IT managers are unable to control their VMs, and tools for site recovery, operations, business management, chargeback processes and more are unavailable.

To increase availability for vCenter, VMware offers a self-described “stopgap” solution known as Heartbeat, a complex-to-configure failover system that requires duplicate servers, duplicate software licenses (for both vCenter and Windows) and a brand-new interface to learn.

For those of you scoring at home, that is twice the license costs, twice the servers, and twice the management headaches.

Our crack engineering team, who often have the same pain points as you and every other IT director around the globe, created a better solution. Simple, lower-cost uptime for vCenter that pro-actively prevents failures instead of reactively managing failovers. All this without any extra licenses, workarounds or custom scripting.

The new Stratus Uptime Appliance for VMware vCenter Server is a plug-and-play solution that provides greater than 99.999% availability. It’s a single server solution that runs one copy of vCenter on one copy of Windows. One bullet-proof server, only one software license, and no complexity. (And, as an added bonus, it costs thousands of dollars less than similarly configured Heartbeat solutions.)Is your vCenter a risky, single point of failure?

Uncomplicate your uptime solution and check out the new Stratus Uptime Appliance for VMware vCenter. Have a question? Ask it in the comments, or send us a tweet @Stratus4uptime.