Energy costs are the fastest-rising expense for today’s data centers. Naturally, power consumption is a top concern for managers of data center, enterprise, and cloud environments. Moreover, there are multiple proprietary power measurement and control protocols supported by various solution providers, making it challenging to have a single data center management solution across all devices in the data center.
Consider this, administrators are being tasked with delivering much more while still retaining optimal efficiency levels. Let us consider an example – globally, data center power consumption has been growing. In fact, a recent NRD report indicates that data center electricity consumption is projected to increase to roughly 140 billion kilowatt-hours annually by 2020, the equivalent annual output of 50 power plants, costing American businesses $13 billion annually in electricity bills. As more organizations place their environments into the data enter, good data center management becomes extremely important for multiple reasons. Not only are data center administrators working hard to cut costs – they are also working hard to minimize management overhead and improve infrastructure agility.
In creating optimizations for your data center, it is important to utilize technologies that are able to meet the needs of your environment. Not only are there tools which enhance the data center resource and environment management process, like advanced power management – these same platforms work to further optimize valuable data center resources. In this whitepaper from Intel, we learn how data centers are achieving fantastic efficiency results when working with next-generation DCM solutions. This includes:
- Obtain power and thermal predictive analysis
- Identify “ghost” (underused) servers
- Reduce costs
- Improved rack density
- Real-time data center thermal and environmental analytics
Here’s the big challenge: Managing power usage in the data center environment can be complex. Servers consume most of the energy managed by IT. The facility team for a particular building may be tasked with measuring and managing power at rack and power distribution unit (PDU) levels, but those teams often have limited visibility into server consumption. Jeff Klaus, general manager of Intel Datacenter Solutions, says that servers use 50 percent of a data center’s power, even when those servers are idle. Adding to the complexity, there are multiple proprietary power measurement and control protocols supported by different solution providers, making it challenging for a single solution to manage power and temperature across all devices in the data center.
To boost the efficiency of our data centers, we needed a data center management solution that could meet the following requirements:
- Real-time thermal monitoring of the environment with a high level of data granularity
- Predictive analysis of thermal data that could identify temperature issues before they cause critical incidents
- Monitoring and aggregation of real-time power consumption on IT devices to develop, analyze, plan, and manage data center capacity compared to actual utilization so that we can use the power and cooling infrastructures efficiently
- Integration of Intel IT’s knowledge and controls of IT equipment, such as servers and infrastructure, and building facility teams’ knowledge of PDUs, air handlers, and CRAC units (computer room air conditioning units)
- Deployment of a standard management solution in the data center environment without increasing the data center’s operation managers’ overhead
As the paper points out, Intel firmly believe that the real-time device-level visibility, the flexible aggregation capabilities, and the historical trend reports will enable more data center management use-cases and deployments. Download this whitepaper today to learn how Intel DCM helps you bridge the gap between the IT and facilities organizations, providing them with the ability to consolidate their efforts toward data-driven decision making.