IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86, V4.2 enables systems platform management and monitoring across multiple IBM server platformsIBM United States Software Announcement 209-330
October 20, 2009
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IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager (AEM) V4.2 software, an IBM® Systems Director plug-in, is available on Microsoft® Windows®, Linux® on System x®, AIX®, Linux on Power, and Linux on System z® operating systems to help you monitor and manage the power and thermal usage of your IT environment. AEM is a unique energy management software tool that can provide a single view of the actual power usage across systems in your infrastructure as opposed to the benchmarked power consumption.
The main new features in this release are:
- Energy management of updated firmware levels for POWER6 servers and POWER® technology-based server support to aid in power on and off
- Enhanced facility provider support with APC, Eaton, and Emerson Network Power, which support a wider scope of energy usage for IBM systems
- Support for users to manually create relationships from servers to cooling and power units in data centers
- Enhanced PDU support that enables users to disable and enable outlets on a PDU from a central location, which provides better control for what can be plugged into racks
- Ability to monitor energy and environmental data from PDUs and sensors sold by APC, Avocent, and ArchRock
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IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager (AEM) V4.2 can effectively manage the energy usage in data centers at the system, chassis, or rack level. Through monitoring of a wide range of equipment and use of power-saving capabilities on IBM equipment, AEM can help analyze data center efficiency and save you money. AEM is positioned as a key component of IBM's energy-efficient technologies and services and is part of the dynamic infrastructure strategy.
AEM will measure, monitor, and manage the energy management components built into IBM servers and will provide a cross-platform management solution. It also provides a source of energy management data that can be exploited by Tivoli® enterprise solutions, such as IBM Tivoli Monitoring. AEM also retrieves temperature and power information via external sensors and collects alerts, events, and data from facility providers related to power and cooling equipment.
AEM V4.2 builds upon AEM V4.1 and offers improved integration with facility providers such as Emerson Network Power, Eaton, and APC. In addition, AEM V4.2 will support updated POWER6 firmware levels.
Features and enhancements in AEM V4.2 include:
- Energy management of the updated firmware levels for POWER6 servers: These servers will support the latest energy enhancements available with AEM 4.2.
- Enablement to aid in when to power on and off POWER technology-based servers: By collecting data such as the time to IPL and standby power, administrators can better plan what servers to power off and when, in order to save power.
- Ability to monitor more types of equipment through AEM integration with Emerson Network Power SiteScan: Sensor readings that help determine environmental conditions can now be polled from SiteScan.
- Ability to monitor additional meters and sensors from APC's InfraStruXure Central: AEM can automatically collect this vital information and allow IT equipment to be associated with it.
- Ability to retrieve power topology information from Eaton's Power Xpert and Foreseer applications: Users with data centers supported by these infrastructure management applications can now understand how systems can be affected by power.
- Ability to manually create relationships from systems to cooling and power units in data centers: Because the relationships between IT equipment and the uninterruptible power supplies and power distribution units (PDUs) that support them cannot always be detected automatically, users can now create these relationships. The cooling devices that support specific IT equipment can also be specified.
- Ability for users to disable and enable outlets on a PDU from a central location: By disabling unused outlets in a rack, an administrator can better control what can be plugged into racks.
- Ability to monitor energy and environmental data from PDUs and sensors sold by APC, Avocent, Rittal, and ArchRock.
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IBM Systems Director for x86, v6.1 and updates required for IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager V4.2
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December 11, 2009
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AEM V4.2, an IBM Systems Director V6.1 plug-in, is designed to simplify the management of energy consumption across multiple IBM and non-IBM systems. AEM tracks energy use over time and can assist you in determining how to reallocate energy to additional servers without adding additional energy or cooling equipment. When energy is constrained, AEM is designed to allow energy to be allocated on a server-to-server basis. AEM is also designed to track and allocate energy consumption in a manner intended not to affect performance. Sensors and alerts can warn you if limiting energy to a server could affect performance.
AEM is designed to increase your capability to control energy consumption and improve energy use efficiency, which can potentially result in savings and cost reductions. AEM is intended to help you:
- Increase energy use efficiency by controlling energy use across the data center
- Negotiate competitive utility rates based on accurate energy use trend assessments
- Limit server energy consumption by capping maximum energy consumption
- Perform server-to-server energy consumption comparisons
By enabling you to meter energy use and trend data, AEM is designed to help reduce energy costs in the data center. AEM is also designed to complement and integrate with higher-level management software such as Tivoli. AEM interfaces with the IBM Tivoli Monitoring products and other Tivoli products.
AEM V4.2 can help protect your IT investment through its open design and support for industry standards that enable heterogeneous physical and virtual management with support for multiple platforms and operating systems.
AEM V4.2 supports the following endpoints: IBM BladeCenter®, IBM Power Systems, IBM System x, and IBM System z servers. New in this release is support for updated POWER6 firmware. In addition, the Power servers now have the ability to report how long it takes to re-IPL the servers and standby power information. This gives energy-conscious administrators information that can help determine what servers would be most appropriate to power off when energy saving is needed.
Non-IBM, legacy IBM, and IBM Storage Systems can be monitored through PDU+ support. In addition, AEM can collect information from select facility providers, including Liebert's SiteScan from Emerson Network Power, InfraStruXure Central from APC, and Power Xpert and Foreseer from Eaton. Sensors from SynapSense, iButton, Sensitronics, and Arch Rock are also supported, in order to provide a view of data center environmental data and for equipment that does not have its own built-in sensors. AEM V4.2 can perform monitoring and management functions for all supported systems from a single console.
AEM V4.2 provides no-charge monitoring functions and a set of optional chargeable (fee-based) management functions.
AEM monitoring functions (no charge)
AEM V4.2 is designed to provide monitoring functions for devices that can connect to select PDUs. This enables monitoring functions for systems that do not have support for AEM; for example, older servers and low- and mid-range storage devices. By plugging these systems into a PDU+ (a smart power strip), AEM is designed to be able to collect energy information from I/O drawers plugged into the PDU, providing a more complete view of energy used in the data center. New in this release is the ability to turn off individual outlets on the PDUs that support this function. This allows administrators to prevent the plugging in of unauthorized equipment in a rack. It also provides a way to quickly cut power usage in case of emergencies.
Power trending is a monitoring function that displays energy use for individual systems or groups of systems over time (in a graph or table format) to help enable clients to understand energy use trends within and across their systems.
Thermal trending is a monitoring function that displays information on the inlet and exhaust temperatures for individual systems one at a time to help you understand thermal characteristics of your systems. Incorporating this data into one centralized software-based energy use offering allows finite and localized temperature adjustments within the IT shop to help reduce energy costs for cooling.
Support for facility providers is a function that retrieves information from Emerson Network Power's SiteScan application, APC's InfraStruXure Central, and Eaton's Power Xpert and Foreseer. Numerous attributes associated with the energy usage of power and cooling equipment can be collected, and made available through AEM. This provides a broader scope of energy information within the data center while including a view of facilities equipment. New in this release is the ability to collect power topology information from some of these providers, as well as providing users with a method of manually creating relationships between IT equipment and the power and cooling equipment that supports it.
Support for sensors is a function that retrieves temperature and power information via sensors. Supported vendors include SynapSense, iButton, Sensitronics, and ArchRock. In AEM V4.2, this sensor data can now be associated with Systems Director managed resources. This provides a broader scope of energy information across systems within the data center, while including a view of facilities equipment.
AEM management functions (chargeable)
Power capping is included in the set of optional chargeable (fee-based) management functions. It is designed to allow a client to set a maximum energy level per system. If the system starts to consume more than the maximum level set, AEM is designed to throttle the processor to use less energy, which slows down the server. This feature is designed to come into play it if gets too warm in the data center. Setting the cap will ensure that the system will not use more than the cap value, thus allowing the user to allocate less power for that system.
Power saver mode is included in the set of optional chargeable (fee-based) management functions. Power saver mode is designed to save processor energy use for IBM Power Systems. It is designed to allow clients to manage their energy use as work activity shifts across various demands. Static power saving mode is enabled via an on/off switch, which a client can schedule during times of low utilization, or a script can be written so that it can be switched automatically, based on processor utilization.
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IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager (AEM) V4.2 is an IBM Systems Director V6.1 plug-in. It is an energy management solution building block that returns control of energy costs to the client. Active Energy Manager is a cornerstone of the IBM energy management framework.
Active Energy Manager advances the IBM initiative to deliver price/performance per square foot. This offering enables monitoring and management of power usage across systems equipment within the IT and facility infrastructures, which can decrease the cost of computing through improved power utilization and reduced labor cost. Active Energy Manager provides a broader scope of energy information across systems within the data center while including a view of facilities equipment.
AEM V4.2 is focused on multisystem resource management of energy across IBM servers and provides heterogeneous monitoring support for systems and IT facilities, enabling clients to manage actual energy consumption.
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Refer to Software Announcement 209-303, dated October 20, 2009 for IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for Power Systems, V4.2.
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Program number VRM Program name 5765-AEX 4.2 IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86 5771-AEX 1 Year Subscription Renewal 5772-AEX 1 Year Subscription After License
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Specified operating environment
IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager is dependent on IBM Systems Director and has the same hardware requirements as IBM Systems Director V6. These hardware requirements are available from the IBM Systems Director V6.1 Information Center at
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For additional information, refer to IBM Software Announcement 208-287, dated October 07, 2008, for IBM Systems Director for IBM x86, V6.1.
AEM V4.2 is dependent on IBM Systems Director and has the same software requirements as IBM Systems Director V6.1 server.
AEM V4.2 requires one of the following operating systems:
- Windows Server 2003 Enterprise and Standard Editions, Release 2
- Windows Server 2003 Enterprise and Standard x64 Editions, Release 2
- Windows Server 2003 Enterprise and Standard Editions, Service Pack 2
- Windows Server 2003 Enterprise and Standard x64 Editions, Service Pack 2
- Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Standard Editions, Service Pack 1
- Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Standard x64 Editions, Service Pack 1
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4.0 for Intel® x86, Updates 5, 6, and 7
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4.0 for AMD64 and EM64T, Updates 5, 6, and 7
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 5.0 for Intel x86, Updates 1 and 2
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 5.0 for AMD64 and EM64T, Updates 1 and 2
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 for x86, Service Packs 3 and 4
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 for AMD64 and EM64T, Service Packs 3 and 4
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for x86, Service Packs 1, 2, and 3
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64 and EM64T, Service Packs 1, 2, and 3
More detailed software requirements are available from the IBM Systems Director V6.1 Information Center at
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IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager for x86, V4.2 can monitor but not manage power data on legacy systems that do not support power metering.
Platform- or OS-specific capabilities:
- IBM System z is supported for monitoring functions only.
- IBM Power Systems are supported for monitoring, power saving, and capping.
- IBM System x is supported for monitoring and capping but not power saving.
- Storage devices are enabled when utilizing PDUs for monitoring only.
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