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StruxureWare Data Center: IT Optimize (ITO) provides insight into the IT layer of the data center through integration with external IT systems. The integration is handled by the StruxureWare Data Center IT Optimize server through either:

  • SSH (discoveries on Linux)
  • SNMP (discoveries on Linux)
  • WMI (discoveries on Windows)
  • VMware (discoveries on ESXi/VMware guest)

You can use StruxureWare Data Center: IT Optimize to identify any servers in the data center that are running but not really being used. You will save unnecessary power by identifying and consolidating or retiring these servers. The system uses the actual power draw rather than nameplate values to obtain much better accuracy.

For information about supported devices, see the Intel documentation here.

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to Install and configure the server, and discover devices in StruxureWare Data Center Operation.

Installation and upgrade

See how to install and upgrade here.


You can configure the StruxureWare Data Center IT Optimize server communication to external systems Configuring StruxureWare Data Center IT Optimize Server Integration such as Cisco UCS Manager, StruxureWare Data Center: IT Power Control powered by Intel, or VMware vSphere® in System Setup>External System Configuration.

Discovery of StruxureWare Data Center IT Optimize server subnets

When the StruxureWare Data Center IT Optimize server communication has been configured, you can configure discovery of the assets on various network subnets on the StruxureWare Data Center IT Optimize server. The discovery enables the system to agent less scan the defined IP range and monitor changes in power and CPU utilization on the servers. To work with the values in the StruxureWare Data Center Operation layout, the only remaining step is to associate the discovered IT assets with servers in the data center layout.

Association of discovered IT assets

You can associate a discovered asset with the server representing it in the data center layout by dragging it from the Unassociated Devices pane on top of the corresponding server in the rack layout. You can also associate multiple assets in Associating live data from an external system to the layout in one operation by using the multi-associate option.
When you have associated an asset, it disappears from the list of unassociated devices and you can see the power and or CPU utilization data displayed in the layout.

Monitoring power and CPU utilization

When the system has been configured to retrieve data from the external systems and the devices have been discovered and associated with assets in the data center layout, power and CPU utilization values from these systems show in the IT Optimize and Power overlays when you hover over a server in the layout and get a tooltip presenting Server CPU Utilization or Server Power Utilization.

For example, you'll see a graphical representation of the server CPU utilization in the IT Optimize overlay tooltip:

Color Description
Red Assets reporting less than 2% utilization
Yellow Assets reporting between 2% and 10% utilization
Green Assets reporting above 10% utilization



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  1. Does IT Optimize monitor the CPU usage of VM guests in addition to VM host?  how about power KW of VM guests?  Thanks,

    1. Hi Raymond,

      Snip from this community question: ITO and External system configuration

      "ITO on the other hand discovers individual VMware hosts and does include cpu utilization for guests and estimated power draw for guests as well as the server. It does not provide the same capability for moving guests in the event of the power issue. ITO also includes more detailed guest properties like OS, IP address, power and cpu info."