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Power Management for Data Center Optimization and Private Clouds

Private Cloud and Data Center Optimization: Solution Brief

Learn how Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family-based servers with Intel® Node Manager can help you maximize data center performance and capacity while reducing your power and cooling costs.

Just a few short years ago, power was largely an afterthought for data center operators. The power bill was paid by another department and no one in accounting was likely to question the expense. As long as power was available to support the incremental addition of new servers and racks, all was well.

Things are far different today. Utility costs have risen and many data centers are operating at or near their power and cooling capacity. Business demands have also changed. Companies are increasingly viewing IT as a profit center and demanding measurable returns and optimized cost models. With these changes, the ability to understand and manage power consumption is becoming a critical success factor.

Key Power and Thermal Challenges

To contain rising costs while simultaneously maximizing compute capacity, IT organizations need to address a number of key data center challenges.
• Lack of Access to Basic Data. Accurate data is needed for short term and long-term capacity planning to ensure IT does not overinvest or under invest in power and cooling infrastructure. Specifically, IT needs the ability to monitor individual and aggregated server power and temperature data at any point in time and also as historical trends.
• Inefficient Use of Power. To account for worst-case power consumption, server power is typically over allocated and racks are under populated. This results in inefficient use of power infrastructure and overinvestment in racks and power capacity. IT needs the ability to limit power consumption below theoretical peak values so the kilowatt capacity of each rack can be fully utilized.

Read the full Private Cloud and Data Center Optimization Solution Brief.

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