Saving big bucks is something your data-center customers would probably like to do. Especially when the software that can help them achieve that kind of savings is free.
That software is Intel Data Center Manager (Intel DCM). It’s a solution for out-of-band monitoring and managing the inventory, health, utilization, power and thermals of servers and other data-center devices.
While Intel DCM has been around for a while, Intel recently extended Intel DCM’s functionalities to include more server-management functions, including firmware updates and provisioning.
In the recently released version 3.8 of Intel DCM even more functionality was added. This includes improved server-health monitoring, new support for OS provisioning assists, and better integration with the Intel Server Debug and Provisioning Tool (Intel SDP Tool).
The Intel SDP Tool is a command-line utility that handles management tasks such as updating firmware and downloading debug logs. By itself, the tool can work on only one server at a time. But Intel DCM can use SDP Tool to manage multiple servers at the same time from a simple and intuitive web-based interface.
Intel DCM is also included in Intel Server Systems that have the Intel RMM4 remote management module. For customers with heterogeneous mixed-server setups, Intel DCM can be licensed from traditional software distributors. Either way, you won’t need to install either software agents or managed nodes, making things that much simpler and easier.
Thousands of nodes
How does Intel DCM do this? In part, by allowing data-center pros to manage literally tens of thousands of servers from a single, easy-to-use console.
Despite all that power, Intel DCM can be installed in only about 5 to 10 minutes. Then discovery tasks can be kicked off for a given IP range, allowing DCM to add and start monitoring all the devices it finds.
Intel DCM lets you manage servers in 2 main ways: virtual groups and physical groups. With the latter, you’ll know the device’s room, row and rack. That’s handy if you need to make an actual hardware swap.
And Intel DCM supports every Intel Server System that Intel offers. It can also manage their network devices, add-in cards and more. A wide range of operating systems are supported, too, including Windows Server, Red Hat Linux and Ubuntu LTS Server.
So what can you do with Intel DCM? Quite a lot. Here are just a few of its features and functions:
> Automated health monitoring
> Capacity planning
> Firmware and OS updates
> Remote debugging
> Infrastructure and asset management
> Identifying underutilized servers
> Measuring energy use by device
> Pinpointing power and thermal issues
> Increasing rack densities
> Setting energy policies and power caps
All that can help your customers lower their data-center operational costs, optimize their infrastructure, and gain control of remote management. If they like saving money, tell them about Intel DCM.