From InfoWorld: Intel on Thursday announced Data Center Manager, a software tool kit that can reduce the power drawn by servers in datacenters by tapping into hardware resources.
This software development tool kit allows companies to build software to manage or cap power consumption by individual servers or a group of servers, which could reduce energy costs in datacenters, Intel said. The company isn't providing end-user software, just a tool kit to build it.
The datacenter Manager (DCM) middleware built from the tool kit could dynamically adapt power consumption by servers based on changing workloads and power needs, said Jon Khazam, vice president and general manager at Intel's manageability and middleware division. DCM can be attached to existing system management software as an console or as a Web service, Khazam said.
Power consumption is provisioned by DCM through communication with Intel's Intelligent Power Node Manager software tool installed on the chipset of each server. The middleware instructs Node Manager to set power limits for servers based on the level of activity. For example, DCM can cap power consumption on inactive servers while raising the power bar on active servers.
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