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IBM tool tackles server power consumption

IBM has introduced server software to help automate the management of power consumption in datacentres and cut energy costs.

IBM has introduced server software to help automate the management of power consumption in datacentres and cut...

energy costs.

The company has launched the IBM PowerExecutive software. The system is an extension to the company’s IBM Director systems management software.

IBM Power Executive allows firms to measure actual power usage for single and multiple systems, and to glean data trends to enable further analysis.

PowerExecutive uses IBM monitoring circuitry to determine how much power is being used by the system and at what temperature it is operating.

The software is available across a new range of System x servers unveiled this week by IBM, as well as with IBM's BladeCenter server range.

Using the system, customers are able to set a maximum power consumption in watts for their servers, and PowerExecutive will make sure that systems stick to it.

The new System x servers that can use PowerExecutive include the x3650, x3550 and x3500 platforms.

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