Webinar: Accessing Onboard Server Sensors for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers

A data center houses a compute infrastructure as well as support infrastructure such as cooling and electrical systems. All this equipment needs constant monitoring to operate cost effectively. Rather than using external server sensors for parameters such as intake air temperature and input power, existing internal (onboard) server sensors can be used. Such an approach has a number of benefits for data center management, including no need to purchase external sensor equipment, more granular readings, less maintenance, and overall lower costs.

Unfortunately, accessing onboard server sensor data is often not well understood. The objective of this webinar is to make this technology better known to help increase the use of onboard sensors and thereby be in a better position to manage both IT and facility energy.

Specifically, the training provides:

  1. Context and benefits of onboard sensor monitoring
  2. Overview of ENERGY STAR for computer servers
  3. Summary of key energy related server parameters
  4. Review of network protocols and interfaces
  5. Review the main categories of data center management solutions
  6. Examples of typical data center networking and DCIM tools.

This training provides complementary information to a previous four-part webinar series, which introduced a broad toolkit for identifying energy-saving opportunities in data centers. Putting this information in the hands of federal data center operators and energy managers enables achievement of statutory and administrative requirements to reduce their energy use and ensure energy resilience for critical infrastructure – both core FEMP objectives.

Access the webinar recording here

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