Cloud Data Center China Meteorological Association Optimizing the Power and Thermals of Servers Case Study

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Cloud Data Center China Meteorological Association Optimizing the Power and Thermals of Servers Case Study

Intel Data Center Manager provides significant annual savings through real-time monitoring of server health and utilization Business: China Meteorological Administration is a public service agency headquartered in Beijing and is responsible for organi- zational and operational management of the national meteorological services there as a whole. Challenges • Server ...power and thermal health monitoring • Cooling analysis and data center environmental health analysis • Automated discovery for underutilized servers • Centralized server-level remote access • Remote access control and IT device power tracking Solution • Intel® Data Center Manager Executive Summary China Meteorological Administration (CMA), a state-owned public service agency, installed Intel® Data Center Manager (Intel® DCM) in its three data center operations. The solution was deployed across 829 servers to provide greater insight into its server utilization, energy consumption, and server health while eliminating the need for manual intervention. The IT operations team fully deployed Intel® DCM cross-platform to control and monitor the thermal health of individual servers and components. This increased granularity led to a reduction of additional IT staff and man-hours associated with manual monitoring. With Intel® DCM, the CMA could reduce labor by 500 man- hours per year, yielding a savings of $207,250 USD over the next five years. Additionally, Intel® DCM’s ability to deliver device-level power and thermal data would eliminate the need for intelligent Power Distribution Units (PDU), another significant source of cost savings. This 103-rack cost reduction across the company’s data center network indicated a savings of $206,000 USD. The Intel® DCM with real-time power monitoring capability provided the team with a list of idle or underutilized servers. Its remote management capability then allowed the team to power off underutilized servers from the convenience of their computer screens. This reduction in energy consumption over five years would yield an additional savings of $130,716.72 USD. Finally, Intel® DCM’s cooling analysis enabled data center staff to safely raise temperatures in server rooms and monitor server health and air temperatures. Clear visibility into each device eliminated the risk of downtime and allowed the team to correct issues in real time. This led to an overall reduction in cooling costs and improved Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and, if deployed over a five-year period, would save the CMA an additional $85,828 USD. Case Study | Intel® Data Center Manager Monitors the Health and Optimizes the Power and Thermals of Servers to Save Money Figure 1. Intel® Data Center Manager Console Figure 1. Intel® Data Center Manager Console Background The China Meteorological Administration installed Intel® Data Center Manager (Intel® DCM) in its three data center operations. The solution was deployed across 829 servers to gain greater insight into server utilization, energy consumption, and server health. Intel® DCM can automatically monitor, manage and optimize the energy consumption and temperature of data center servers. CMA sought to achieve greater access, while remotely monitoring server nodes in its three data center operations. IT staff installed Intel® DCM and began to compile and aggregate data from the servers right away. Through its ease Read the full Cloud Data Center China Meteorological Association Optimizing the Power and Thermals of Servers Case Study.

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