Daily Archives: May 5, 2016

How DCIM tools improve PUE, reduce costs and help mitigate your carbon footprint

According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), data  center electricity consumption is projected to increase to approximately 140  billion kilowatt-hours annually by 2020, the equivalent annual output of 50  power plants. The cost to American businesses? A tidy $13 billion annually.


Make no mistake, many enterprises and data center providers are  striving to reduce their carbon footprint. Switch recently announced that, as  of the first of this year, all of its SUPERNAP data centers are powered by 100%  renewable energy through its new solar facilities operating in Nevada.   Across the pond, Apple is developing two new 100% renewable energy data centers  in Ireland and Denmark.  And Facebook just launched a massive new data  center in Lulea, a town located in a remote corner of northern Sweden, that  requires 70% less mechanical cooling capacity than the average data center  because of the cool climate.


But what if your data center is located in Houston or Rio de  Janeiro? Fortunately there exists a viable solution to achieve improved Power  Usage Effectiveness (PUE), and reduce costs associated with cooling and power  while mitigating a facility’s carbon footprint. Data Center Infrastructure  Management (DCIM) are software and technology products that converge IT and  building facilities functions to provide engineers and administrators with a  holistic view of a data center’s performance to ensure that energy, equipment  and floor space are used as efficiently as possible.

In large data centers, where electrical energy billing comprises  a large portion of the cost of operation, the insight these software platforms  provide into power and thermal management accrue directly to an organization’s  bottom line.

In order to take appropriate actions, data center managers need  accurate intel concerning power consumption, thermals, airflow and utilization.  One wouldn’t think this is the realm of MS Excel spreadsheets and Stanley tape  measures. However, a recent study by Intel DCM and Redshift Research found that  four in 10 data center managers in 200 facilities surveyed in the U.S. and the  UK still rely on these Dark Age tools to initiate expansion or layout changes.

The good news is that DCIM provides increased levels of  automated control that empowers data center managers to receive timely information  to manage capacity planning and allocations, as well as cooling efficiency. By  deploying thermal-management middleware, for example, improvements in airflow  management can reduce energy consumption by 40%. Data center managers can  also drive a stake through the problem of zombie servers by consolidating  servers to reduce energy consumption from 10% to 40%.

Modern data centers maintain a stable operating environment for  servers by implementing stringent temperature controls, which, paradoxically,  also makes it possible to apply various energy-saving and eco-friendly measures  in a centralized manner. A DCIM system that offers simulations integrating  real-time monitoring information to allow for continuous improvements and  validation of cooling strategy and air handling choices can have a direct  impact on the bottom line.

Somewhat counter-intuitively, raising internal temperatures in  data centers can save annually upwards of 100K per temperature degree  without degrading service levels or reducing hardware lifespan. And by  deploying various other innovative cooling technologies, facilities can expend  up to 95% less energy.

Utilizing DCIM real-time data analysis tools, along with  maintaining an active server refresh schedule, can effectively combat runaway  energy consumption. The combination of processor improvement with feature rich  intuitive dashboards that recognize imbalances in cooling and identify  underutilized servers, can sometimes reveal a profligate energy consumer right  under an administrator’s nose.

Replacing an older server with today’s advanced technology and  using DCIM to identify underutilized systems can reduce energy need by 30%.  Considering the four-year life expectancy of a server, this will save up to  $480. While that figure might not seem too significant, the numbers get  significant if you have thousands of servers.

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Intel at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW: It’s Time to Plan Your Schedule

SAP SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG (America’s SAP Users’ Group)  Annual Conference is coming to Orlando on May 17–19—and Intel will be there  too, adding to the festivities with keynote addresses, tech talks, demos and  plenty of presentations from our OEM and technology partners.

SAPPHIRE is SAP’s premier annual event, with an anticipated 20,000  people in attendance and an additional 80,000 tuning in online. SAPPHIRE attracts  CIOs and line-of-business managers who want to meet with SAP experts and  industry partners to learn the latest in Internet of Things (IoT) technologies,  in-memory computing, and data center and cloud strategies.


The conference starts off with a bang on Tuesday morning,  May 17 when Intel CEO Brian Krzanich joins SAP chief executive Bill McDermott  on stage for a discussion of the latest innovations across the industry. Be  sure to be in your seat as BK shares information about advances to the joint Intel-SAP  IoT platform, and our next-generation Intel processors. In addition, you won’t  want to miss news of innovations in memory technologies that promise both to boost  performance and cut cost of memory for cloud and data center platforms. BK will  also share highlights of Intel IT’s successful conversion to SAP HANA* to run  Intel’s internal financial and enterprise resource planning (ERP) & Supply  Chain Management (SCM) systems (for more information on this proof-of-concept  deployment, view  the solution brief).


Intel is also showcasing two demos in the Intel Booth #625of  the joint SAP and Intel IoT platform, find out more:

  • The  Connected Worker: Industrial Wearables for Worker Safety (Demo in Intel  Booth #625 also highlighted in mini-session 10:30am-10:50am, Tues. May 17,  PS602 presented by Jeff Jackson). Learn about the Intel and SAP reference  platform for industrial safety and compliance, and experience how wearables can  help detect unsafe conditions and create automated alerts in real-time, for  both workers and supervisors.

  • Real-Time  Inventory Management (Demo in Intel  booth #625)Learn how to delight customers and minimize  out-of-stock-issues in this retail jeans store scenario that features SAP  Merchandising* applications and the Intel® Retail Sensor Platform to send  real-time alerts for inventory management and cycle count automation.


A Rich History of  Collaboration

Intel and SAP have worked together closely for over two  decades, with SAP software specifically engineered to take advantage of the  performance, reliability and security built into Intel processors. Today, the  rich co-engineering relationship is stronger than ever, with new joint IoT  solutions that extend analytical processing and security from the data center  to the network edge, and breakthrough business solutions that draw on the power  of SAP HANA*, the revolutionary in-memory database that’s optimized to run on  Intel® Xeon® processors. SAP HANA and Intel processors stand behind new  solutions such as SAP Business ByDesign*, a cloud-based ERP service that brings  powerful business management tools to the device of your choice; and the SAP  Digital Boardroom*, which draws on the power of SAP HANA and Intel processors  to provide C-Suite executives a real-time visualization of business performance  and reporting across the entire enterprise with SAP’s Digital Boardroom.


Intel and SAP’s collaboration doesn’t end there: We also  share a rich ecosystem of OEM partners who offer over 600 computing appliances that  feature SAP software pre-integrated onto Intel-based platforms for simple, out-of-the-box  functionality. A dozen of our OEM partners, including VMware, HP, Dell, Cisco,  and SGI, will be at SAP SAPPHIRE. Stop by their booths to check out their  latest innovations, and join us at Intel booth #625 where we will host over 30  tech talks by Intel partner experts.


Of particular interest are a series of in-booth  presentations by Dr. Matthieu-P. Schapranow, program manager in E-Health and  Life Sciences at SAP’s Hasso Plattner Institute. Schapranow’s presentations  (12:30pm on Tues. May 17 and Wed. May 18, and 11:30am on Thurs. May 19) address  the topic of analyzing genomes using  in-memory databases and the advent of real-time analysis of medical big data.


Intel is once again a proud sponsor of the SAP HANA® Innovation Awards, which recognize  customers and enterprises who have found innovative ways to use SAP HANA to  drive business value. Kudos to each of the over 150 entrants who competed this  year, and a special congratulation in advance to the five finalists to be named  in a special ceremony on Monday evening.


Stop by the Intel booth #625 to say hello, and watch me shoot man-on-the-street videos for viewing on Periscope.


Follow me @TimIntel  and #TechTim for the latest news on Intel and SAP.

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