Intel Node Manager is a server management technology that allows management software to accurately monitor and control the platform’s power and thermal behaviors through industry defined standards: Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) and Datacenter Manageability Interface (DCMI).
Intel Node Manager Technology allows the datacenter IT and facilities managers to monitor actual server power and thermal behavior. Using this technology, datacenter managers can set upper limits on the server power to maximize the rack density, with confidence that rack power budget will not be exceeded. During a power or thermal emergency, Intel Node Manager can automatically limit server power consumption and extend service uptime from standby power sources. The power and thermal information of these servers can also be used to improve overall datacenter efficiency and maximize overall datacenter use.
Intel Node Manager Programmer’s Reference Kit contains the source code (C and C++), test application, and documents to manage a server that support Intel Node Manager. The Kit simplifies the encoding/decoding of complex IPMI commands and responses, hides the protocol details, and provides simple Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to monitor and control power and thermal capabilities of Intel Node Manager capable platforms.
Intel has three versions of server management technology:
- Intel Node Manager provides platform’s power and thermal capabilities to baseboard management controller (BMC).
- Intel Node Manager Basic Edition provides simple manageability capabilities and does not need the platform’s BMC.
- Intel Node Manager Extended Edition provides simple manageability capabilities, along with power and thermal capabilities, and does not need the platform’s BMC.
Intel Node Manager Programmer’s Reference Kit supports all three versions of the server management technology.