I had a chance to spend some time with a customer yesterday talking about how HP runs its internal IT operations, industry best practices, trends and more.
One of the interesting comments from the customer was that they were running all there servers at high performance or maximum power levels all the time, even though he knew that average utilization was 40% or less even with virtualization. He also said that he was worried about the risk of reducing processor power and potentially impacting server performance, something that was echoed by studies that I mentioned in a blog post late last year.
One of his requests was a practical way to start implementing power management in a non-intrusive, quick and easy way. He hadn't seen anything that provided that level of detail. Since he primarily had HP BladeSystem for his compute infrastructure, we figured that it made sense to implement HP Power Regulator dynamic power mode on his blades via the iLO 3 cards.