Reducing Power, Not Performance in the Data Center

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The study set out to evaluate if capping server power would impact performance, a key concern for any IT department looking to reduce power by limiting server power consumption, if even temporarily. Using technologies called Intel® Intelligent Power Node Manager and Intel® Data Center Manager (Intel® DCM), running on servers using the Nehalem architecture (Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series), the team was able to show ability to reduce power consumption by up to 20% without impacting run time.

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Consequently, the Intel IT team sees several potential use models for these new power management technologies including better data denter capacity management, increased power savings and improved business continuity.

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Chris