I had the pleasure of delivering a customer briefing for a power company. Needless to say, when I asked my standard question about what is more important - server density with higher power usage versus lower density and lower power usage, the answer was not surprising - for them, floor space is a bigger issue than getting additional power.
We had a great discussion which included the three areas of the Thermal Logic story: Reduce, Reclaim, and Extend.
Reduce is how we reduce the power consumption of systems. That includes things like more efficient power supplies, adaptive fans, processor power improvements, and more.
Reclaim then looks at the more efficient environment, and asks how we can free up stranded capacity. What I mean by that is that many data centers provision the power in their data center based on the face plate requirements of the server - maximum load at the maximum configuration. We all know that most servers don't use that much power ever, let alone on average. Through power calculators monitoring and management tools such as Insight Control power management, we can more accurately provision power to systems and free up the stranded, unused power capacity in the data center.
Third, we can extend the life of the data center. Technologies and services such as HP Data Center Environmental Edge, HP Modular Cooling, and HP Critical Facilities Services all help our customers get the most out of their existing data centers, or build new ones if needed.
The best part of the briefing isn't my presentation of HP's offerings, but the questions.
First, what is the adoption of power management technologies by customers today? So, the question for our readers - do you use reduce, reclaim, or extend types of technologies or solutions today? If so, which ones?
The second interesting question is what are the biggest power consumers in the data center? Is it network, servers, or storage? Where do we see improvements happening (my answer - all areas). So, once again, where do you think power is being consumed in your data center? I should mention that this is something that I know has been discussed in at least one of The Green Grid's work group calls.
Comments and feedback are always appreciated.