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Tackling Energy in the Data Center with Cisco UCS and the JouleX Energy Manager

 

With energy prices rising worldwide, and the ever growing compute demands placed on them, the need for comprehensive and centralized power management in the data center has taken center stage over the last few years.

Today’s best server platforms are now being built with the ability to do power management within the blade and server chassis. This gives you the ability to leverage power management on a granular level in the data center, making power just another managed resource to the blade chassis.

This newly available ability to power manage individual servers has become both a blessing and a curse to data center managers. Being able to assign rules on each server or chassis for certain times of day or with certain conditions being met is a powerful capability. With tens of thousands of machines in a data center, any benefits found by reducing power consumption are wasted on the labor needed to manage the process.

Cisco UCS takes control a step further with their integrated power management approach, providing you additional capabilities for things such as; integrated power data into building management systems, and allowing outside control vectors to control the way power is consumed inside the blade chassis.

The main advantage that UCS has over all other Intel OEM partners is that Cisco’s UCS power manager allows a centralized approach across the whole server deployment, while their competitors are limited to managing by chassis or by blade. This is a huge benefit for data centers when it comes to large scale deployments.

By pairing Cisco UCS with JouleX Energy Manager’s Load Adaptive Computing capabilities, these managed resources can be assigned rules so that at certain times of day or under certain conditions you can manage how much power is used. That ability will automatically effect how utilized the blades are by allowing you to better align processing loads to power utilization, better align power to my needs, and reduce overall power errors due to failures inside of the data center.

JouleX Energy Manager (JEM) really enables the load adaptive computing usability as you are able to:

  • Forecast how much energy / utilization you will need in the next minutes / hours.
  • JEM can not only include UCS systems but also other IP attached devices such as facility management systems, storage networking, and other data center assets.
  • JEM integrates with the virtual layer to provide additional insight to the virtualized assets with Load Adaptive Computing.
  • JEM provides additional analytics to go along with energy, such as utilization, fan speed, temperature, and other analytics.
  • JEM also integrates with networking platforms, such as Cisco’s EnergyWise and Nexus, to make the switches part of the overall data center energy view.

Want to learn more about the Cisco UCS integrated power management capabilities? Check out their new whitepaper.

 

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