Intel® Data Center Manager improves provisioning efficiency and energy usage
to meet high-performance operational standards
Business: UCloud is a leading Shanghai-based
cloud services provider focused on
mobile Internet industries.
Challenges • Insights into energy consumption
• Real-time cross-platform thermal and power monitoring and temperature
• Automated ...discovery of underutilized servers
• Server-level centralized remote access
• Server and environmental health analysis
• Capacity planning
Solution • Detailed discovery session
• Intel® Data Center Manager
UCloud, a leading Shanghai-based cloud-services provider focused on mobile
Internet industries, installed Intel® Data Center Manager (Intel® DCM) in its data
center for a test deployment. The company sought to monitor the health and
thermals of their data center, and improve its energy efficiency. Leveraging Intel®
DCM, UCloud needed granular cross-platform insights to manage server health,
load balance more efficiently, analyze and remedy data center cooling issues, and
gauge the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of multiple server models.
The company deployed Intel® DCM and used its energy, thermal and health
monitoring features across a broad spectrum of Original Equipment Manufacturer
(OEM) servers and safely raised room temperature in the data center by 3°C. The
industry standard of power reduction per degree raised is 3 percent. The initial test
deployment indicated that if Intel® DCM was deployed across all of the company’s
servers, the annual cooling costs of the data center would be reduced by a stunning
Intel® DCM delivers device-level power and thermal data also through a feature
that turns servers into wireless sensors. This eliminated the need for intelligent
Power Distribution Units (PDUs) and would result in a dramatic reduction in capital
expenses across the company operation.
Intel® DCM aggregated subcomponent thermal and health data across the devices
in the test deployment, allowing IT managers the ability to detect, repair, and
redeploy failing devices much more quickly. The cost of downtime per hour is
$500,000 USD. The solution also enabled more precise calculations for Mean
Time to Repair (MTTR) for devices reaching End-of-Life (EOL) and allowed the safe
Case Study | Intel® Data Center Manager Cuts Energy Consumption for High-Performance Operational Efficiency
Figure 1. Intel® Data Center Manager Console
redeployment of robust units. Intel® DCM reduced downtime
an average of 2 hours and would save an average of
$1,000,000 USD per incident if deployed across the network.
Finally, through Intel® DCM’s health monitoring and utilization
capabilities, IT staff optimized server workloads and
increased rack density by 10% during the test deployment.
The added visibility and operational efficiency enabled by
DCM would not only allow UCloud to postpone the purchase
of additional server racks, but also delay further expenditures
including data center construction and increased space rent.
Background UCloud installed Intel® DCM in a test deployment to gain
greater insights into the environmental thermal efficiency,
server utilization, and component health across its servers.
Intel conducted a detailed discovery session of the company
server environment to diagnose the specific pain points that
its DCM solution would address. The cloud services company
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