Intel® Data Center Manager lowers data center energy consumption, significantly improves provisioning efficiency, and avoids the purchase of costly hardware Business: One of China’s fastest-growing securities companies Challenges • Real-time cross-platform thermal and power monitoring • Component health • Automated discovery for underutilized servers • Server-level ...centralized remote access capability • Cooling analysis and data center environmental health analyses • Remote access control and IT device power tracking (PDU, KVM) Solution • Intel® Data Center Manager Executive Summary One of the fastest-growing securities companies in China, headquartered in Shanghai, installed Intel® Data Center Manager (Intel® DCM) in its data center. The company initially deployed the solution across 100 devices to reduce energy consumption and monitor thermal health efficiency within its data center environment. Intel conducted a detailed discovery session of the company server environment to identify the specific pain points that its DCM solution would address. The securities company wanted to better manage server health and inconsistencies, identify hot spots, analyze and remedy data center cooling issues, and gauge the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of multiple server models. The company currently operates over 1,000 servers across its data center network. The company deployed the Intel® DCM energy, thermal and health monitoring feature across its three types of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) servers and safely raised room temperature in the data center by 10°C. The initial test deployment of 100 servers indicated that if deployed across the company’s 1,000 servers, the annual cooling costs would be reduced by $45,600 USD. Intel® DCM’s ability to deliver device-level power and thermal data also eliminated the need for intelligent Power Distribution Units (PDUs). Based on the customer’s current data center environment of 1,000 racks, the projected savings from this elimination would be $20,000 USD. Lastly, the securities company determined that Intel® DCM software management capability would eliminate the need for the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hardware solution that it previously required for virtualization of its infrastructure. DCM would save the company an additional $62,500 USD over five years. Case Study | Intel® Data Center Manager Automates Server Energy Efficiency and Component Health Monitoring Figure 1. Intel® Data Center Manager Console Based on the savings realized in the test deployment for Intel® DCM, the solution would yield a savings of $128,100 USD if deployed across the entire network. Background One of China’s Shanghai-based securities companies sought to increase efficiency, extend server life and save energy within its data center operation. The company initially deployed the solution across 100 devices to determine the energy efficiency and thermal health of its data center environment. Leveraging Intel® DCM, the company wanted to better manage server health, balance loads more efficiently, and analyze and remedy data center cooling issues to improve the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of multiple server models. The company currently operates over 1,000 servers across its data center network. The securities company IT administrators installed Intel® DCM and immediately found its wide range of measurement capabilities and intuitive design easy to use. They quickly began to analyze the thermal health data of their servers. Intel® DCM is a middleware web-service API that integrates easily into existing management systems and will monitor, manage, and optimize the energy consumption and temperature of data center servers. The solution enables data center operators’ remote access to power servers off and on as needed, eliminating the Read the full Cloud Data Center Fast-Growing Securities Company Automating Server Energy Efficiency and Health Monitoring Case Study.