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Dell OpenManage 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 and 13th 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.

Latest version of OMPC is v3.0. 

Key Benefits of Dell OpenManage Power Center are:

  • 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.

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)

Key features of OMPC 3.0:

  • Quick and easy installation
  • Support for Dell 11th, 12th, & 13th generation of PowerEdge servers
  • Additional PDU support and group power calculation based on the PDU
  • Support for PowerEdge VRTX Chassis power monitoring and management
  • Power Monitoring of non-Dell servers with a customer purchased license. (For more information on the supported models, refer to user guide)
  • Improved UI/Usability
  • 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 operations
  • Configurable chassis inventory schedule and immediate execution on need basis
  • Improved rack utilization wizard
  • Configurable user interface session time for a secure console

New Operating systems supported in 3.0:

  • RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.0
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition

Existing features of OMPC which are also available in 3.0:

Simple and effective

  • 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 below two features. To enable any of these would require importing respective license to OMPC.   

SKU Description



OpenManage Power Center Policy and Budgeting



OpenManage Power Center non-Dell server Monitoring

The license is imported to OMPC and activates the respective functionality. Power Policy/Capping and Budgeting require Dell servers with iDRAC Enterprise installed.

For a 90 day, 5-managed-node evaluation license of any of these two features, email a request for an evaluation license to:

To order an add-on license for Power Capping and/or non-Dell server monitoring contact your Dell sales rep (1-800-999-3355) or visit to chat with us.


Download Dell™ OpenManage™ Power Center v3.0 (Sep 2014)

Note: Download page allows you to download Windows & Linux based Installer.

  • Windows Installer Size: 160 MB
  • Linux Installer Size: 124 MB

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: Optimizing Rack Provisioning and Capacity

OMPC 3.0: Importing Power Cap Licenses
OMPC 3.0: Reporting - Comparison Reports
OMPC 3.0: Power And Rack Utilization

OpenManage Power Center - Comparison

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