New HP, IBM Servers Tackle Power Issues - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


New HP, IBM Servers Tackle Power Issues

Hewlett-Packard and IBM are adding advanced power management capabilities to their servers as the focus on heat and power issues in the data center intensifies.

Hewlett-Packard and IBM are adding advanced power management capabilities to their new servers as the industry continues to focus on heat and power issues in the data center.

The two vendors will include with their respective server management software the ability to monitor power consumption from a single server or group of servers. Tapping into Intel’s SpeedStep technology, which can throttle down a processor during dips in loads, the software also lets system managers set maximum power draws for the day to help control power and heat issues in a rack.

The software will ship with servers using Intel’s Xeon 5000 and 5100 next-generation processors, unveiled last week, but both companies said they will make it available on Opteron-based systems in the future. HP, Palo Alto, Calif., said its software will ship immediately with the servers, while IBM, Armonk, N.Y., will initially offer power metering and add more advanced power capping later this year. Servers are expected to be available in June.

Solution providers say power consumption is becoming an issue for large and small customers alike as more processing power is packed into existing spaces. Complicating the issue is the trend toward server consolidation and virtualization.

“There are a lot of customers running into power limitations,” said Bill Nemesi, brand manager at Mainline Information Systems, an IBM business partner in Tallahassee, Fla., “particularly customers with blade centers or a large number of servers.”

The new features will help improve total cost of ownership for customers and differentiate the systems from more generic Dell servers, he said.

Jeffrey Hewitt, a research director at Gartner, agrees. “The software allows these vendors to drive some differentiation,” he said. “They can outflank smaller competitors and the Dells of the world.”

VARs can expect power management advances to move quickly. HP recently debuted a fan and optimized blade chassis to improve cooling. Its research arm has been looking at ways to automate power and cooling in the data center, such as installing sensors to monitor heat. IBM, meanwhile, said it is looking to automate power management, application performance and more.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Augmented Analytics Drives Next Wave of AI, Machine Learning, BI
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  3/19/2020
How Startup Innovation Can Help Enterprises Face COVID-19
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  3/24/2020
Enterprise Guide to Robotic Process Automation
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  3/23/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
IT Careers: Tech Drives Constant Change
Advances in information technology and management concepts mean that IT professionals must update their skill sets, even their career goals on an almost yearly basis. In this IT Trend Report, experts share advice on how IT pros can keep up with this every-changing job market. Read it today!
White Papers
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll