Data Management Investigate

Server power management comparison: Dell OpenManage Power Center and HP Insight Control

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Executive Summary

As data centers grow, their power needs increase and space becomes more and more of a premium. These rising costs make it essential to manage your data center as effectively as possible. Using Dell OpenManage Power Center with Intel Node Manager Technology in conjunction with the latest Dell PowerEdge servers offers a completely new approach to data center power usage. Dell OpenManage Power Center allows managers to collect, observe, and optimize power utilization to increase uptime and make better power-usage decisions. In our testing, we saw a gap of only 2 percent between actual usage and the intended power limit; this small difference can let you fit more servers into your data center without exceeding your total available power. While implementing power limits, the Dell PowerEdge R720 maintained consistent performance and delivered up to 65 percent more performance per watt than the HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 managed by HP Insight Control. Dell OpenManage Power Center features extended operation time using battery backup--up to 32 percent more than HP Insight Control--and permitted us to implement server prioritizing with no additional purchases.

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