Late last week Systems Director 6.2 was released - a few days early too! This is the free to download and use IBM platform management software from IBM. For us AIX guys that means Power Systems Hardware, HMC, IVM, VIOS and AIX - and Linux on POWER too This new release is was focused mainly performance, simpler install (or migration from 6.1) and rolling in many fixes that could not be addresses with service packs. There are also some new features like dual VIOS SAN support for VMControl virtual application deployment. AIX is obviously the best place to run this. Just find a CPU unused on your shared CPU pool and add a LPAR for Systems Director with a nice low weight so your production workloads can't suffer and its practically free hardware :-)
Download from http://www.ibm.com/systems/software/director/resources.html and this includes Active Energy Manager for 6.2.
The other primary plug-ins for AIX are VMControl and WPAR Manager - updates to match will follow shortly. Don't forget Director is free to download but if you want support, you need to purchase it. Also don't forget the Director Movies with the AIX movies at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/wikis/display/WikiPtype/Movies and the download/resources link has all sorts of documentation and movie links too.
My first observation was "Wow!! This is much faster". There is an old IBM joke that (updated) goes: "There are two sorts of people in the world. The ones using Systems Director and the ones that will be using Systems Director shortly." If you haven't so far, now is an excellent time to get started with Systems Director at release 6.2.