IBM Energy Management
Karl Helbig 270001N2U6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  tivoli maximo energy green-data-center green-it energy-efficiency monitoring energy-monitoring energy-management management sustainability ibm-energy-management ibm meo green green-infrastructure green-and-beyond 2 Comments 1,778 Visits
The rising cost and uncertain availability of energy
There are many specific issues around energy and the environment that are increasing the urgency for organizations to change the way they do things in order to achieve and sustain energy efficiencies. And these pressures are coming in various forms, not the least of which is the rising cost and uncertain availability of energy. We all know that energy is scarce and that prices tend to fluctuate. Humor me for a moment as I attempt to use an example to illustrate the challenge. One of my colleagues talks about the VP of a company that he’s working with around energy management, and this person talks about his yearly budget being allocated fairly equally to three different areas: CapEx, labor or people, and energy. And when we think of plotting that out over time, let’s say over a five year period, it should be fairly simple to control and maintain our capital expenditures and people costs, or at least predict what those costs might be. But if we look back at the history of where energy costs have been over the past few years, you realize that it becomes difficult to predict where these costs might be one or two years down the road, much less five years. And with demand expected to increase, those costs could be significantly higher than might be expected. How can a company address this issue as it tries to run the business in a more sustainable manner?
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john heckeroth 0100000FVA HECK@US.IBM.COM Tags:  green energy green-infrastructure maximo sustainability energy-efficiency green-data-center monitoring ibm-energy-management management green-and-beyond ibm energy-monitoring tivoli green-it energy-management meo 2 Comments 2,019 Visits
Really, who actually cares about how much energy is being consumed in the data center? It appears that in more than a few cases there is a “teenager” phenomenon occurring. Have you ever tried to get your teenage son or daughter to consistently turn off the lights or TV when they leave the room? If your experiences are like mine, you would probably have more success pushing a rope uphill. The challenge is that teenagers don’t care because they don’t pay the electric bill. They know somewhere locked inside the recesses of their brain that it’s the right thing to do, but at the end of the day, that alone doesn’t seem to make a difference. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not comparing IT Managers to teenagers, I’m just saying that unless there’s a vested interest in an outcome, then there’s probably not a lot of action that’s going to be taken.
So why should an IT Manager care about the energy consumed in the data center? Let me start with one possible reason, and see if other contributors will add their perspective.
While it’s not the most common type of outage, there are occurrences of disruptions to the power or air conditioning that can have an impact on service availability. Does an end user really care if the application is down because of a network, server, or air conditioning problem? The answer is no! If the IT Manager has established documented Service Level Agreements, then it’s in his/her best interest to do an effective job to maintain those service levels by managing all elements that could impact an outage… and that includes power or air conditioning.
What are your thoughts? Why should an IT Manager care?
Gino Palozzi 06000156QS email@example.com Tags:  green-infrastructure tivoli energy-monitoring sustainability ibm-energy-management energy-optimization maximo-asset-management green-it green-and-beyond energy-efficiency green-data-center 1,014 Visits
Back in February 2009, I attended my first Pulse conference and it was a memorable experience. I left
With 2010 just around the corner, I am already looking forward to participating in my second Pulse conference. The event returns to the MGM Grand in
I will post additional details regarding the energy efficiency sessions as the curriculum is finalized. In the interim, please do not hesitate to post or send me ideas through this blog for topics or potential speakers that you would like to see at this years event.
I look forward to meeting many of you at Pulse 2010.
Karl Helbig 270001N2U6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  energy green management green-it energy-efficiency tivoli monitoring green-infrastructure meo green-and-beyond maximo sustainability ibm energy-management green-data-center ibm-energy-management energy-monitoring 1,098 Visits
Gino Palozzi 06000156QS email@example.com Tags:  green-it energy-monitoring green-infrastructure 1,174 Visits
Would you like to be able to visualize and communicate both the environmental and economic impact of energy usage across your infrastructure? If your answer is yes, then IBM has the solution for you. It's called the IBM energy dashboard, and it's a versatile, role-based information dashboard that collects metrics from IT, facilities and physical assets, giving you a way to communicate current and past energy and thermal performance in real business terms.
Consider these questions, and what you currently have to do to find the answers:
How much energy am I using?
What services are costing the most in energy consumption?
Can I make alterations and still meet my service level agreements?
We've made some changes, so how much are we saving on energy bills?
Can you answer them with some degree of ease? Or have you already started scrambling for the answers in spreadsheets, power bills and reports?
Using views from IBM Tivoli Business Service Manager and drawing on information collected by IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Energy Management (and other potential sources), the IBM energy dashboard enables you to consolidate the information you collect and present it in an easy-to-read and insightful format. So what do you get? You get visibility into the energy usage of a broad range of infrastructure components and the relationship of your power infrastructure to the services they support.
Role based, you say?
The IBM energy dashboard gives you the flexibly leverage two dashboard views, First, it provides consolidated energy usage views for your executives and sustainability leaders, giving them visibility in to energy usage, cost, and the environmental impact of the efficiencies achieved. Second, it serves as a launch point for your operations team to drill in to root-cause analysis and help take corrective actions.
Sound intriguing? There’s so much more to it! To get the full story on how IBM Service Management Solutions can help your organization better manage energy consumption by implementing an energy dashboard, visit our service management resource center to read the executive brief that we recently published.
Take me there now!
Karl Helbig 270001N2U6 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  green eco-friendly energy-efficiency sustainability 501 Visits
OK campers (and I mean that literally because that's what I will be doing this weekend), it's that time of year again... summer is coming to an end, and everyone's heading out (and cooking out) for the Labor Day weekend. So rather than talking shop this week, I thought I'd share a couple of things that I recently learned to help stay green over the long weekend (you know I am passionate about this anyway). Why you ask? Because I know that even though we're out of our normal day-to-day routines for a couple of days, we still want to be eco-friendly!
So, as you start your shopping and get ready to fire up the grill, why not consider:
We'll get back to our regularly scheduled programming next week :)