Energy costs are the fastest-rising cost element in the data center. Power consumption is one of major concerns of these facilities, clouds and large IT Enterprises. Often it is not clear if energy savings is a responsibility of Facility Manager or IT Manager. Servers consume most of the energy which is owned by the IT division. Facility teams sometimes deploy solutions to measure and manage Power at Rack and PDU levels, but have little visibility at the server level. There are also challenges in managing power at the appropriate times. According to Senior Analyst Eric Woods, "Servers use 60% of their maximum power while doing nothing at all."1
Moreover, there are multiple proprietary power measurement and control protocols supported by different OEMs, which make it challenging to have a single solution for power management across ALL devices in the data center.
Intel® Data Center Manager (Intel® DCM) SDK is a power management solution stack for the data center. It provides accurate, real time power and thermal monitoring and management for individual servers, group of servers, racks and IT equipment such as PDUs in the data centers. It is a capability that is useful for both IT and facility administrators, which allows them to work jointly to reduce the Energy footprint.
Intel® DCM can help address various use cases:
- Power and thermal monitoring allows you to get real-time, accurate power and thermal consumption data, manage datacenter hot spots, plan and forecast power usage and replace costly intelligent power strips
- Increasing rack density to maximize server count per rack in a fixed rack power envelope to increase data center utilization
- Power optimizations on specific workload types allows you to provide the optimized power profile per server/rack/floor or workload/application and cut electricity costs
- Business continuity allows to continue or prolong operation during power outage
We have documented the results for Enterprise, Cloud, and Internet Portal Data Center's deployments. Please visit our whitepapers section on our website to learn more.