The Dell Energy Smart Solution Advisor (ESSA) and Data Center Capacity Planner help IT professionals plan and tune their computer and infrastructure equipment for maximum efficiency. Offering a wide range of configuration flexibility and environmental inputs, both tools can help right size your IT environment.

ESSA is a model driven tool supporting a large number of products and configurations for infrastructure sizing purposes. ESSA models are based on hardware measurements with operating conditions representative of typical use cases. Workloads can impact the power consumption greatly, meaning the same percent CPU utilization and different workloads can lead to widely different power consumption. It is not possible to cover all the workload, environmental, and customer’s data center factors in a model & provide percent accuracy figures with any degree of confidence. With that said, Dell would anticipate (NOT guarantee or claim) a potential for some variation. Customers are always advised to confirm ESSA estimates with actual measurements under their own, actual workloads.

Energy Smart Solution Advisor (ESSA)

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Supported products:


Modular Solutions Enclosures: M1000e, C6300, C6000, Servers: M830, M630, M910, C6320

Rack Servers: R930, R830, R730, R730XD, R630, R530, R430, R820, R720, R620, R415, R330, R230, C4130, R420xr

Tower Servers: T630, T330, T130, T430

Shared Infrastructure Enclosure: VRTX; FX; Servers: FC830, FC630, FC430, FD332, FM120x4, M830P, M630VRTX


    FS Series: EqualLogic FS7600, EqualLogic FS7610, Compellent FS8600, EqualLogic FS7600 1G Enclosure, EqualLogic FS7610 10G, Compellent FS8600 Enclosure
    MD Series: MD3860f, MD3820f, MD3800f, MD3860i, MD3820i, MD3420, MD3400, MD3800I, MD3460, MD3220i, MD3200i, MD1400, MD1420, MD1200, MD1220,MD1280, MD3060e

    NX Series: NX3330, NX3230

    PS Series: PSM4110, PS4210 2.5” , PS4210 3.5”, PS6210 2.5”, PS6210 3.5”, PS6610, PS6500X,

    SC Series: SC9000, SC8000, SC7020, SC4020, SC2080, SCv2080, SCv2020, SCv2000, SC420, SC400, SC280, SC220, SC200, SC180, SC120, SC100

    XC Series: XC430, XC630, XC730, XC730xd, XC6320Enclosure, XC6320 Sled

    DSMS(Microsoft Storage Spaces): R730, R630, MD1420, MD1400, MD3060E

    Nexenta: R730, MD1420, MD1400, MD3060E

    Tape: ML6030, ML6020, ML6010, TL4000, TL2000, LT06, LT05-140, LT04-120HH, 114X, LTO External Tape, TL 1000


    Modular Networking: PC M8024-k, PC M6220 FI, Brocade M5424, Cisco® Catalyst® 3130X FI, Cisco Catalyst 3130G FI, Dell M8428-k FI, Brocade M6505 12-24 Port FC

    PowerConnect: PC 3548, PC 2848, PC 2800, PC 3548P, PC 3500, N3000, N 2000

    Force10: Dell Force10 S60, Dell Force10 S55, Dell Force10 S4810, Force10 S4810-ON,S4820T –R2D2, Force10 S6000, Force10 S6000-ON, Dell Force10 MXL 10/40BgE, Dell Networking S4000 series switches

Dell Data Center Capacity Planner (DCCP)*

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