IBM has announced the arrival of its Active Energy Manager v4.1 (AEM) plug-in for its Systems Director system management tool, which is used to monitor the power consumption and temperatures of IBM systems, as well as putting a restriction on the amount of power that is available to selected server models. The announcement came a bit longer than expected, but should make a welcome addition to the range.
Administrators can use the plug-in on Linux partitions with Power, X64 or mainframe iron, and it can reach into Linux, Windows, z/OS and I 6.1 partitions on each machine to keep them to a set level of energy consumption.
This recent addition to the AEM tools is suitable of System z mainframes and will work with all other server platforms. Each of the updates include features that allow reaching into power distribution units inside computer racks and access the level of power currently being consumed, giving data centre managers a way to monitor at the rack and the server level.
A great feature of the plug-in is that it can be used to put a lid on power consumption on a multi-system level, i.e. all of the servers in a rack, or all the blades in a case. The plug-in supports the new Power6-based power 520 and 550 systems which had their release in mid-October in addition to the new Power6-based JS12 and JS22 blades.
You can monitor energy use on any of the Power system or System z mainframe, however only the Power6 and the X64 systems allow you to cap power consumption. To use AEM v4.1 you must have Systems Director V6.1, and the software includes an updated web console, which means you don’t have to install client software on your administration PC to use the tool.
This latest edition comes on the back of multiple efforts by compute and server companies to ensure we have greener data centres across the world, and is a welcome addition to IBM’s software portfolio.