If you can’t measure power consumption in the data center, you definitely can’t manage it. It’s no surprise that most companies are facing data center power constraints. And Virtualization and cloud computing have further complicated many aspects of power management. In the past, organizations were unable to accurately assess the true power consumption of individual servers, instead relying either on the plated power listings or using points of peak power as a reference. This practice has led to inaccuracy and under- or over-estimation of power requirements.
Here’s an article that discusses an Intel/Cirba initiative to provide customers with a way to utilize actual time series server power to more effectively place workloads and manage power consumption across the data center. Tell us what you think. http://www.citoresearch.com/content/power-management-data-center-capacity-control