Reduce energy costs by up to 40% while optimizing the business output of your infrastructure
Drive a new level of energy efficiency and power management in the data center.
Increase the business output of your infrastructure without a corresponding increase in energy usage.
Save potentially millions on your energy bills.
And save the planet while you’re at it.
It’s all about seeing your energy usage across the entire power chain. Understanding it. And reducing it.
With iTRACS PowerEye.
This isn’t business as usual in the data center.
This is iTRACS.
What DCIM is meant to be.™
Why iTRACS PowerEye?
Because you can’t improve what you don’t understand.
The data center supports a dense web of interrelationships between what have traditionally been three operational silos – IT, Facilities, and Building Management Systems. No single approach confined to any silo can effectively address the energy problem. What’s needed is a holistic approach that integrates and presents a single point of management for all three. The challenge is to understand all of the complex interrelationships between assets and how those interdependencies affect efficiency, energy usage, and energy cost. This explains why more and more data centers are using iTRACS PowerEye, an integrated best-practices strategy that offers end-to-end visibility and management of the entire power chain, inclusive of all interdependencies, across both IT and core infrastructure (facilities) assets.
Empowered by the iTRACS Converged Physical Infrastructure Management™ (CPIM®) platform, iTRACS PowerEye lets you calculate the total power efficiency across the entire IT ecosystem and then take steps to optimize it. Not just IT assets, or facilities assets, but all assets that draw electricity separately and in the context of their interdependencies.
Now available with Intel Data Center Manager software inside.
Extending iTRACS analytics right down to the device (CPU) level.
iTRACS is now integrated with Intel’s Data Center Manager software, unleashing unparalleled energy efficiency and business value in the data center. We’ve integrated Intel’s Data Center Manager 3.0 software suite into the iTRACS CPIM™ platform, giving CPIM users access to a new level of operational information at the individual device (CPU) level – both power and environmentals. By extending the data collection and analysis capabilities of iTRACS PowerEye to the CPU level, iTRACS delivers visibility into actual energy usage aggregated and segmented by rack, row, room, and line-of-business – all without the added cost of intelligent monitoring hardware. Using these device-level power and environmental readings – both live current and historical – you can better manage server efficiency, power consumption, capacity planning, and other data center tasks to optimize energy efficiency and infrastructure availability.
iTRACS and Intel – the best of both worlds.
iTRACS offers analytics and optimization of the entire power chain from a single point of management. Our interactive 3D modeling, context-rich actionable information, and what-if predictive insight are combined with Intel’s unparalleled granularity in CPU data collection and aggregation, monitoring, and analysis. It’s a powerful combination for data center owners and operators seeking to optimize the efficiency and business value of their infrastructure from the utility on the street down to every CPU on every rack.
Extending iTRACS PowerEye with device-level information from Intel enhances decision-making across a range of initiatives, such as increasing rack densities using actual CPU power and temperature readings; consolidating energy-guzzling assets (both IT and Facilities); and preventing outages from occurring by resolving power circuit overloads, data center hot spots, and cooling failures. With the resultant analytics, iTRACS customers have deeper insight into all physical infrastructure-related operational metrics.
How many assets are unused or underutilized, draining power without delivering quantifiable value to the business?
Where are your greatest vulnerabilities in terms of power or cooling issues that can lead to outages impacting your business output?
Which server models offer the highest business output per energy consumed – and where is the best location to add 300 more next month in your data center?
These are the kinds of operational challenges that iTRACS and Intel are solving today.
Better use of energy.
- Proactively reducing energy consumption and costs by consolidating hardware that is underutilized – and unplugging hardware that is unneeded
- Enabling dial-down or capping of power usage based on application and business requirements, time of day, etc.
- Improving capacity planning with actual historical data that tracks key energy consumption trends
- Accelerating the commissioning of new equipment to lower OPEX costs and speed time-to-value
- Increasing rack densities using actual CPU power and temperature readings
- Eliminating the need for costly intelligent power strips (Intel monitors power for you)
- When expansion is unavoidable, adding right-sized assets delivering the largest ROI for energy consumed
- Confirming power usage and availability to support increased densities and CPU utilization by rack, row, and room
- Identifying and eliminating under- or over-cooling issues
- Identifying potential cascading power failures and preventing them from occurring
- Resolving power circuit outages and overloads, data center hot spots, and cooling failures
The iTRACS PowerEye Methodology
VISUALIZE. Use Interactive 3D Visualization to point, click, and navigate through your physical infrastructure as a living, breathing 3D ecosystem. Get real-time information with full, contextual awareness of the relationship between physical space and energy consumption. Thanks to the 3D environment, what you see is easily comprehensible – from the utility on the street down to every CPU on every rack.
ANALYZE. Understand the power chain holistically, with deep-dive business analytics into all assets and their interdependencies along the power chain. Measure PUE and DCiE accurately at multiple points in the power chain. Identify where power is used, and where it is lost.
MANAGE. Leverage our command-and-control DCIM toolset to proactively manage energy usage, not just monitor it. Because information is only as valuable as your ability to use it.
OPTIMIZE. Use predictive modeling and what-if scenarios to validate the best strategies for improving energy efficiency – and then turn those strategies into cost-saving reality.
Open your eyes to what’s possible.
iTRACS collects all of your energy-related data in continuous time – from devices (CPUs), power strips, server-based energy management tools, HVAC, PDUs, and other equipment – and drops it into a single, central CPIM repository. This information is then managed in the iTRACS CPIM environment and presented to you in a point-and-click 3D environment that makes it easy to:
Understand your entire power chain. Traditionally, energy management in the data center has been limited to “monitoring” and separated into “silos.” The IT team was responsible for the IT assets inside the cabinets, and the facilities team was responsible for the core infrastructure that supports those cabinets. The IT manager never saw the electricity bill. Worse yet, the organization was handcuffed by the inherent limitations of monitoring. Energy monitoring simply indicated was there a potential problem – not how to course-correct and resolve it. Not any longer. Energy efficiency is everyone’s mandate today. And with iTRACS PowerEye, it has graduated from simply monitoring to proactive managing in a navigable 3D environment. iTRACS can trace power circuits through the entire physical infrastructure, no matter how many assets they touch, so you can understand and manage the entire power chain in real time.
- Understand where power is used, where it is lost. With iTRACS, you can accurately measure your Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency (DCiE) from multiple points in the power chain.
Click on your power circuits and let iTRACS instantly show you, in vivid 3D, all assets connected to those circuits and the amount of power being drawn through them, asset by asset by asset. What percentage of the power in the circuits is used by the IT equipment? How much for cooling? How much for lighting? Redundancy? What are the ratios within the circuits and how can you improve them? Where are your biggest energy guzzlers in the circuits? What about on the facilities side? iTRACS takes you right to the answers.
- Understand what to do about it. Once you understand what needs to be done, iTRACS can show you how best to do it with tactical plans and automated workflows for how to get the job done. Our planning and management tools can ignite transformational improvements in energy efficiency. Our what-if scenarios in vivid, easy-to-understand 3D models help you explore trade-offs and best practices. And explicit work plans can be automatically generated that guide the IT team to a quick, effective completion of the energy efficiency program — right down to the specific power and network connectivity requirements for each port on each server. No more handwritten notes taped to cabinet doors about which cable goes where. It’s all right there on the work orders, in explicit detail, port by port – automatically generated by iTRACS.
Energy efficiency – the time is NOW.
How rapidly are energy costs rising in the data center? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the electricity consumed by U.S. data centers doubled between 2000-2006, reaching 61 billion kilowatt hours (1.5% of U.S. energy consumption), and will likely to have doubled again by 2011. As energy costs continue to skyrocket – along with growing regulatory concern over energy consumption and carbon footprint – there is heightened demand for power management strategies that don’t just monitor power usage, but proactively reduce it.
There are enormous cost savings available to organizations that take a strategic, integrated approach to the energy challenge. Millions of dollars are potentially at stake here. However, tackling energy consumption with only a limited understanding of what’s happening on the floor – and limited tools for managing it – will never achieve the business outcome you seek.
- Data centers can consume 100 times more energy than the offices they support*
- Energy consumes a whopping 12% of a data center’s overall operating costs, says Gartner, and those energy costs are increasing by more than 20% a year**
- Despite these rising energy costs, Gartner research indicates that only a small percentage of data centers have developed a methodological approach to the energy challenge***
- Energy expenses can be cut up to 40% with best-practice strategies such as iTRACS PowerEye, according to estimates from the EPA****
Information is power. We invite you to use it.
Energy isn’t just a cost or carbon footprint issue. This is an issue that directly affects the implementation of other game-changing IT advancements, such as cloud computing, SaaS, and virtualization. If you can’t understand and manage the energy usage of your assets, then how can you efficiently repurpose those assets to take advantage of tomorrow’s new service delivery models? You’re essentially flying blind.
As an integrated best practice, iTRACS PowerEye represents an organization-wide effort from iTRACS, involving everyone in our company. Our commitment to your energy efficiency is total.
Ready for a more energy-efficient future? We invite you to explore:
When you open your eyes to what’s truly possible, the future becomes crystal clear.
* Gartner Research, Data Center Executives Must Address Many Issues in 2012, January, 2012
** Gartner Research, Cool Vendors in Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools, 2011, May, 2011
*** Gartner Research, Data Center Infrastructure Management: The Benefits of an Integrated Energy Management Software Approach, April, 2010
**** Gartner Market Trends, Sustainability and Cost Savings Objectives for Large Data Centers Will Require Tighter Efficiency Metrics, June, 2010, page 6