Cloud Data Center Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education Improving Cooling, Energy Consumption and Server Visibility Case Study

Intel® DCM delivers significant annual savings by providing automated data collection and thermal control, while enabling visibility and optimization Business: Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education Challenges • Real-time server power and thermal data collection • Real-time health monitoring • Cooling analysis • Cross-platform support • Alerting and aggregated control to gain impact visibility into Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) hotspots Solution • Intel® Data Center Manager Executive Summary The Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education installed Intel® Data Center Manager (Intel® DCM) and began to implement the solution in its two on-campus server rooms as well as an off-campus colocation operation. The ultimate goal of the educational institution is to leverage Intel® DCM to effectively consolidate its data centers as it moves appropriate workloads into the cloud. With its intuitive format and ease of use, Intel® DCM was quickly deployed across multiple platforms to gain insight into the capacity planning and cooling efficiency of their data centers. Intel® DCM was deployed across 500 servers — 350 servers within the data centers and an additional 150 servers the educational institution migrated to the cloud during this DCM deployment. Through the use of Intel® DCM features such as real-time power and thermal data collection, server health monitoring, cooling analysis, and remote access control, IT administrators began to assess the capacity efficiency of their operations and compile reports on their findings. They used this data to begin consolidating their on-campus servers and cooling equipment into one room. The added visibility provided by Intel® DCM allowed them to safely and efficiently perform the data center consolidation and cloud migration, as well as delivered environmental data and insights that IT administrators previously did not have access to. Upon installation, Intel® DCM analyzed and controlled power and thermal consumption in real time through data aggregation as well as optimized server temperature levels across multiple platforms. Its remote access and control capabilities allowed greater visibility into the remote servers from the institution’s on-campus location, reducing the need for visits to their third-party colocation facility. Case Study | Intel® DCM Improves Cooling, Lowers Energy Consumption and Increases Server Visibility Figure 1. Intel® Data Center Manager Console Intel® DCM’s cooling analysis also enabled data center staff to raise air temperatures and drive redundancy, while simultaneously eliminating the risk of downtime or performance complications, as well as continuously monitoring servers to correct issues in real-time. The reduction in Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) unit operation and space allocation costs would save the institution $2,500,000 USD. Background The Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education installed Intel® DCM and began collecting data from its two primary campus server rooms as well as off-campus colocation operation. Prior to Intel® DCM, the data center relied upon manual data collection and lacked clarity as to workload balance. With its intuitive format, the Intel® DCM solution allowed the institution’s IT staff immediate visibility into the server-to-rack-density ratio and thermal health of their on-campus operation. They plan to consolidate on- campus servers and cooling equipment into one room and perform a partial migration of applications and data into the cloud. Intel® DCM is a middleware, web-service API that integrates easily into existing management systems to monitor, manage and optimize the energy consumption and temperature of data center servers. Once the server data was collected, IT administrators used it to