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A smart grid for your data center? That’s the latest pitch from HP as the tech giant gears up to battle rivals for control of the data center. Sure, it seems like a way to cash in on the smart grid buzz, but HP’s technology does have some compelling features that blend real-time energy monitoring with a policy engine to create an energy-aware management platform. Neat, but the skeptic in me thinks the reporting and trending capabilities will get much more use.