Power Management MP Needs Something to Manage

According to the Power Management MP (version 6.0.6735.0 is the first version and was released on 9th Nov 2009) the Windows 2008 R2 Server hardware that qualifies for the “Enhanced Power Management” Additional Qualification logo is at

http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/results.aspx?&chtext=&cstext=&csttext=&chbtext=&bCatID=1333&cpID=0&avc=10&ava=0&avq=30&OR=1&PGS=25&ready=0

The only ones on the list (as off 2nd Dec 09) are the following 12 HP ProLiants.

  • ProLiant BL280c G6 2.93GHz Quad Core
  • ProLiant BL2x220c G6 2.53GHz Quad Core
  • ProLiant BL460c G6 2.93GHz Quad Core
  • ProLiant BL490c G6 2.93GHz Quad Core
  • ProLiant DL320 G6 2.93GHz Quad Core
  • ProLiant DL360 G6 2.93GHz Quad Core
  • ProLiant DL370 G6 3.20GHz Quad Core
  • ProLiant DL380 G6 2.93GHz Quad Core
  • ProLiant DL380 G6 3.33GHz Quad Core
  • ProLiant ML330 G6 2.53GHz Quad Core
  • ProLiant ML350 G6 2.93GHz Quad Core
  • ProLiant ML370 G6 3.20GHz Quad Core

Enhanced Power Management
The Enhanced Power Management qualifier identifies servers which support the next generation power management technology available with Windows Server 2008 R2. The software infrastructure and management interfaces in Windows Server 2008 R2 that help improve the power efficiency of the server platform and enable remote monitoring of power consumption and remote control of the power profile. There are three major requirements for a system to qualify for this Additional Qualifier;

1. The server system provides a system power meter and system power budget capability in hardware

2. The server system supports the new power metering and budgeting ACPI interface (ACPI V4.0) specification

3. The server system enables control of processor performance states by the Operating System

These new features in Server 2008 R2 will provide cost-savings associated with reducing power consumption on each server. They will also help with capacity planning by making power consumption and power budget information available to administrators. This helps enable more efficient allocation of power and cooling infrastructure in the data center. System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 R2 provides a Management Pack that takes advantage of all of these new features in Server 2008 R2. Any server that qualifies for the Enhanced Power Management qualifier has native support for the features in this Management Pack.

Unless you are rolling out Windows Server 2008 R2 on those hardware configurations and on OpsMgr R2 then you will not get any advantage of deploying this MP. Hopefully other vendors will catch up as the facilities to monitor power and carbon footprint is intriguing. It may be that some of these features can be enabled on other machines with a future BIOS update?  Or maybe they need to be built in from scratch. One to keep an eye on for the future (in more ways than one!).

Ian

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1 Comment

  1. Steve Burkett

    It’s also interesting that most of these servers don’t appear to be being sold yet by HP? The fastest DL380 G6 they do is clocked at 2.93Ghz using the Intel X5570 chip, no sign of a 3.33Ghz model on the HP site. The fastest DL370 G6 they sell is a 2.66Ghz X5550 model, no sign of a 3.20Ghz version. Well it’s nice they’ve got the MP out well in advance of needing it!

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