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.”
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 for the data center. It provides accurate, real-time power and thermal monitoring and management for individual servers, groups of servers, racks and IT equipment such as PDUs. Useful for both IT and facility administrators, Intel DCM allows these professionals to work jointly to reduce the energy footprint in the data center.