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Data Center Power Management Enhancement for Energy Efficiency

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000182603D
Original Publication Date: 2009-May-04
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-May-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed are methods to optimize power management systems used for reducing energy use at data centers. The methods can be used to help maximize the overall return on investment. Many server manufacturers are now adding a "sleep" mode to their servers similar to the sleep mode on laptops. Most servers, when they're not doing anything, still take 40% to 50% of their peak power. A "sleep" mode would significantly reduce the amount of server power on weekends or at night when many corporate servers aren't doing anything. However there are many problems with the current management of server sleep mode. This invention disclosure is a significant advance in methods to manage server power . The methods include optimization of sleep mode management.

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Data Center Power Management Enhancement for Energy Efficiency

This invention is a new process for energy management systems in order to optimize the use of power saving technology available in new servers and other IT equipment.

The invention is based on optimizing energy management systems in order to optimize the use of power saving technology available in new servers and other IT equipment. Server manufacturers are now adding a "sleep" mode to their servers just like we have on our laptops. Most servers, when they're not doing anything, still take 40% to 50% of their peak power. An optimized management of "sleep" mode will significantly reduce the amount of server power on weekends or at night when many corporate servers aren't doing anything. This invention is a significant advance in managing server power including the optimization of sleep mode.

The invention would enhance a data center power management system by:

1. Placing all attached IT devices in sleep mode as a default. This would include I/O devices. There would be no exceptions.

2. Every new intelligent IT device would be queried through the management tool with a query of: "Do you have an energy saving mode?". What can be powered off?

3. The power management system would then maintain a check list for every device as to energy savings modes.

The energy management system would then optimize energy use by determining:

Which system should have a power shutdown submitted, e..g. at 3 AM in the morning, turn off all servers.

Which systems should be kept...