Dell OpenManage Power Center

Dell OpenManage Power Center

Power Center

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Dell™ OpenManage™ Power Center (OMPC) management console provides increased visibility over power consumption, anomalies, and utilization through fine-grained instrumentation. This enables increased control, improved rack density, faster response times, greater accuracy, and broader decision-making intelligence than would otherwise be possible.

When used with a 12th, 13th, or 14th-generation PowerEdge server with an iDRAC Enterprise license on a system with an Intel chipset, OMPC leverages Intel Node Manager technology for platform-level power reporting and capping of Intel chipsets. Power Center then communicates with the Dell iDRAC on each managed server to provide node, rack, row or data-center level aggregation of power-management data, as well as execution of control policy - making it easy for IT professionals to identify areas to gain efficiencies and cut wasteful costs.

The latest version of OMPC is 4.1.

Key Benefits of Dell OpenManage Power Center

  • Measure energy consumed by IT equipment at a server, rack, row, or room level
  • Mitigate Risk by reducing power consumption per a pre-defined policies that maximize the uptime of business critical applications by reducing non-critical consumption
  • Increase data center density by identifying racks with equipment not using the power capacity that has been wired into it.
  • Reports containing CPU usage and power consumption that can be used for:
    • Chargeback – physical and VM
    • Workload balancing based on power consumption
    • Identifying rack space for server installations
When used with Dell PowerEdge servers with an iDRAC Enterprise license these additional features are available:
  • Enable oversubscribed power supply configurations
  • Customers can set power caps individually or in groups
  • Millisecond fast power capping before tripping a circuit breaker (additional license required for 13th generation Dell servers)

New features in OMPC 4.1

  • Hardware Support for New 14G PowerEdge Platforms

Key features (carried over from prior versions):

  • Reporting of power consumption by individual VMs
  • iDRAC RESTful API based on Redfish protocol
  • Customized Dashboard
  • Policy to reduce power upon reaching thermal threshold
  • Group power calculation based on the PDU
  • Support for PowerEdge VRTX Chassis power monitoring and management
  • Analysis and Planning Features:
    • Analyze the server power characteristics per server model for future expansion
    • Assist in capacity expansion and placement suggestions.
    • Identify the underutilized servers in the data center based on power consumption pattern.
    • Identify the potential cooling concerns in the data center.
  • View real-time system airflow history of the Dell’s 13th and 14th generation of PowerEdge servers.
  • Replicate the data center hierarchy on the iDRAC location based on OMPC physical location modelling.
  • View, analyze, and report the Subsystem power and Compute Usage Per Second (CUPS) values
    • CPU and Memory Subsystem power consumption (Dell PowerEdge 12G onwards)
    • CPU Utilization (Dell PowerEdge 13G Onwards)
    • Memory bandwidth utilization (Dell PowerEdge 13G Onwards)
    • I/O bandwidth utilization (Dell PowerEdge 13G Onwards)
  • Display PDU socket connection mapping with the device.
  • Schedule OMPC database backup.
  • Power Monitoring of non-Dell servers with a customer purchased license. (For more information on the supported models, refer to user guide)
  • Easy access to Device/Virtual Groups summary, events, policies and power/thermal threshold settings
  • Easy to use wizards for Discovery, Device Management, Policies
  • Support for additional protocols for device discovery
  • Re-usable search queries for Devices, Policies and Events
  • Schedule discovery tasks and option to deactivate tasks during peak hours
  • Reports:
    • Pre-defined reports templates to easily create, run, and export reports
    • REST API support for reports
    • Reporting "stranded power" in the data center
  • Log application events/errors for the end user
  • Power Control Tasks:
    • To manage remote devices and control power spikes during power-on operation
  • Configurable chassis inventory schedule and immediate execution on need basis
  • Configurable user interface session time for a secure console

Operating systems supported in OMPC:

Quick OMPC Overview:

  • HTML UI and Faster responsiveness
  • Quick & Easy to install
  • Simple to use and learn
  • Brief Asset Reporting (Service-Tag, Model Name)
  • Install supported on both Windows & Linux

Agent-free monitoring and management:

  • Discover and Correlate blades-iDRAC and Chassis
  • Power & Thermal monitoring independent of Operating System


  • Dashboard for quick view of power headroom and device usage
  • Provide the power and space utilization within the racks.
  • Power monitoring and capping for M1000e - chassis level.


Dell OpenManage Power Center is free to download, install and use except for power capping multiple servers on a 1:Many basis from the OMPC console. To enable this feature requires importing the below license to OMPC:
SKUs Description
529-BBER OMPC Policy and Budgeting, 14G
Table 1: OMPC

Once a license is imported to OMPC, that functionality becomes active. Please note, The Power Policy/Capping and Budgeting requires servers with iDRAC Enterprise licenses installed. To order an add-on license for Power Capping, contact Dell sales
For a 90 day, 5-managed-node evaluation license, ask for this SKU:
Trial SKU SKU Description
529-BBES OpenManage Power Center Policy and Budgeting Trial
Table 2: iDRAC Enterprise licenses


Download Dell™ OpenManage™ Power Center

To test Dell iDRAC, Chassis and PDU/UPS connectivity from your management station, you can use Dell Troubleshooting Tool (Supported on Microsoft Windows OS)








OpenManage Power Center: Capacity Planning - Youtube Video:OpenManage Power Center: Capacity Planning

OpenManage Power Center: Placement Suggestion - Youtube Video:OpenManage Power Center: Placement Suggestion

OpenManage Power Center: Optimizing Rack Provisioning and Capacity - Youtube Video:OpenManage Power Center: Optimizing Rack Provisioning and Capacity

OMPC 3.0: Importing Power Cap Licenses - Youtube Video:OMPC 3.0: Importing Power Cap Licenses

OMPC 3.0: Reporting - Comparison Reports - Youtube Video:OMPC 3.0: Reporting - Comparison Reports

OMPC 3.0: Power And Rack Utilization - Youtube Video:OMPC 3.0: Power And Rack Utilization

OpenManage Power Center - Comparison - Youtube Video:OpenManage Power Center - Comparison

Features overview - Youtube Video:Features overview

Article ID: SLN312413

Last Date Modified: 04/10/2019 04:57 AM

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