Intel® Data Center Manager delivers significant savings by optimizing server
utilization, and lowering annual server replacement percentages
Business: China Mobile Communications
Corporation is the largest mobile
telecom provider in China.
Challenges • Server power and thermal health monitoring
• Real time and historical data aggregation
• Low utilization server ...detection
• Energy optimization
Solutions • Intel® Data Center Manager
China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC), headquartered in Hong Kong,
is the largest mobile telecom provider in China. The company installed Intel® Data
Center Manager (Intel® DCM) and quickly deployed it across 50 servers to gain
greater insight into energy consumption, server utilization, and component analysis
across its server room environment. Additionally, Intel conducted a detailed
discovery session of the company’s server environment to identify the specific
pain points that DCM would address. The company currently operates over 1,000
servers in its test center.
Leveraging Intel® DCM, CMCC wanted to better manage server health, balance
loads more efficiently, analyze and remedy data center cooling issues, and gauge
the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of multiple server models. The DCM solution
provided CMCC’s IT operations team a cross-platform view of their four Original
Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) server types with an enhanced ability to monitor
the thermal health of each individual server component at the subcomponent level.
Intel® DCM’s ability to deliver device-level power and thermal data eliminated the
need to purchase intelligent Power Distribution Units (PDU), a significant source
of cost savings. By not purchasing hardware sensors, the Intel® DCM deployment
results across the full network of 100 data center racks indicated a five-year
savings of $20,000 USD.
The Intel® DCM console with real-time power monitoring capability provided the
team with a list of idle or underutilized servers. Its remote management capability
then allowed the team to power off underutilized servers from the convenience
of their computer screens. This reduction in energy consumption over five years
would yield an additional savings of $24,000 USD.
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Figure 1. Intel® Data Center Manager Console
Identifying underutilized servers also allowed them to
replace EOL servers, as well as consolidate and virtualize
underutilized servers, and would decrease 20 percent of their
annual replacement costs over five years, yielding a savings
of $120,000 USD.
The combined efficiency improvement and savings from the
deployment of Intel® DCM over the next five years indicated
an overall savings of $164,400 USD.
Background China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC) installed
Intel® Data Center Manager (Intel® DCM) in a 50-server test
deployment to gain greater insight into the facility’s thermal
efficiency, server utilization, and component health across
its server room environment. Intel conducted a detailed
discovery session of the company’s server environment to
identify the specific pain points that its DCM solution would
address. The company currently operates over 1,000 servers
in its test center.
The Intel® DCM middleware web-service API integrates easily
into existing management systems to monitor, manage and
optimize the energy consumption and thermal health
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China Mobile Communications Corporation
Increasing Server Efficiency
and Eliminating Costly Hardware