IBM’s System Director 6.1 launched, now with added carbon control
Published 12:46, 13 February 09
It might only be two months old, but ‘green’ IT in 2009 is shaping up to be less about eco-efficiency and more about energy efficiency.
And indications are that it is the energy efficiency of IT and the organisation as a whole, not just datacentres, which will be on the agenda. Take IBM’s latest version of Active Energy Manager launched last week along with System Director 6.1, a platform management application for multi-system environments.
Active Energy Manager is a program that resides within System Director to monitor and measure energy consumption. It is available as a free download for the application. At least, the monitor and measure portions, which are only relevant for datacentres, are free. The control facility is extra.
The control facility expands the energy measuring and monitoring to the infrastructure used by the datacentre and beyond to the entire building. It builds up a dashboard of energy consumption across the entire enterprise.
Active Energy Manager also provides a source of energy management data that can be exploited by Tivoli enterprise applications such as IBM Tivoli Monitoring. It is a part of IBM's Cool Blue portfolio within its ‘Project Big Green’.