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V1EWPOINT
THE 1E MAGAZINE ALL ABOUT EFFICIENT IT ISSUE 1
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When is free too cheap?
How ‘built-in’ and bundled power
management solutions compare
to the more extensive features that
NightWatchman Enterprise has to
manage power-intensive IT systems.
12
Energy Rebates
Generous incentives that North
American utility companies offer
to partially or fully fund the costs of
PC power management or a server
reduction program.
18
Interview
Viewpoint talks to Richard Barnes
of Arup on why NightWatchman
Enterprise was its PC power
management solution of choice
and the steps he took to select it.
22
Server Efficiency
How energy smart is your server
estate? Are you contributing to the
world’s $27.4 billion of waste by
running unproductive servers?
It is time to look at useful work.
Takingacloser
lookatPower
Management
Welcome to V1EWPOINT, the magazine from 1E all about Efficient IT. In
this issue we take a closer look at power management and what it can do for
your company.
Anyone can switch off a computer. The complex part is making sure
that the user can use it whenever they need to, that IT can patch it as needed,
that it remains healthy and that energy savings are reported accurately.
Productivity can be affected if users have to wait to boot up their
workstations when they come into work, or if updates and new software
have to be installed during working hours – their computers may become
less responsive. If a nag screen tells them to restart their machine then it is
a distraction and time away from the work they should be focused on.
We have discovered that in many companies, users are unlikely to take
the personal responsibility to power down their computers anyway. After all,
they do not pay the corporate utility bills. Research shows that in the US,
,o% of employed adults who use a PC at work don’t typically shut down
their PCs at the end of the work day, in Europe users are marginally better,
for example in the UK and Germany ,o% of employees always shut down
their machines.
Companies realize that energy costs rise year on year and so have
turned to the IT department to see what savings can be made. Many IT
executives believe it is easy to solve just by setting a power policy within the
systems administration center. But, to demonstrate credible savings without
impacting user productivity you need the
right tools. You do not just have to take
our word for it. We have interviewed
our customers and partners so you
can see the positive contributions
they have made through implement-
ing power management solutions and
what prompted them to do it.
We hope that you find this magazine
stimulating, informative and of
assistance when considering your power
management strategies. It’s an issue you
can’t afford to ignore – organizations
need to adapt by introducing new
processes that create the necessary
change in their approach to IT
Efficiency.
Happy reading!
Sumir Karayi, CEO 1E
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INBR1EF
04START UP News about
products and people

06FEATURE WHENIS
FREETOOCHEAP
Five reasons why free power
management solutions aren’t
worth the money

10CASE STUDYAVIVA
Claiming a premium
environmental footprint

12FEATURE
ENERGY REBATES Generous
incentives to save you money
and energy

14INFOGRAPHICTHEIT
POWERMANAGEMENT
LANDSCAPE Statistics
that show the efforts being
made to minimize CO2
emissions and reduce energy
consumption really do make
a difference

16FEATUREGOOD NIGHT
Sleeplessness and its impact
on an organization’s power
management strategy

18INTERV1EW
RICHARD BARNESFROM
ARUP Power management
selection criteria

21TECHNOLOGY
CISCOAND1E Managing
efficiencies across the
corporate IT infrastructure

22FEATURE HOW
EFFICIENT IS YOUR
SERVER ESTATE? Are you
contributing to the world’s
$27.4 billion of waste by
running unproductive servers?

24FEATURE
IMPLEMENTINGPCPOWER
MANAGEMENT 1E Services
shares top tips to help you
approach, execute and
operate a successful PC
power management solution

26COLUMNASK THE
PRODUCT MANAGERS
Help and advice from those
in the know
Contents
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mproving the efficiency of IT tops the list for enterprises as they go into
:oI:, according to independent research firm Forrester Research, Inc.:
“While :oII started with a more robust IT spending environment, many
organizations began to pull back midyear, and :oI: plans are expected to
be more conservative given the high degree of uncertainty. [...] Efficiency
and consolidation are top IT priorities.”
Despite this, worldwide IT spending is set to reach $I.8 trillion in :oI:
(o.,% growth), so how should CIOs prepare for an efficient :oI:? The cost of
maintaining this huge amount of IT has grown over the past :o years to consume
around ,o percent of each year’s IT budget. CIOs want to reduce this figure either
to simply reduce costs or to have more resources for new projects that take the
business forward.
Added to the high cost of maintenance is the endemic energy waste that IT
generates which has become the norm across all industries and all types of
organizations. Traditionally, IT has not been responsible for paying utility bills and
therefore has not proactively invested in initiatives to reduce consumption. This has
to change as IT departments will become increasingly more accountable for the
energy consumed by IT equipment.
Furthermore, upgrades to an employee’s PC can squander vital work time and
cut into productivity. Also users may wait up to a week or more for software.
Forward thinking IT departments are starting to consider how initiatives can
actually increase end user productivity at the same time as efficiency.
Softwareonyour side
1E has developed solutions that help to reduce the numbers of servers, network
bandwidth constraints, software licenses and energy consumption. Our
comprehensive range of IT Efficiency solutions (see side panel) create better use of
resources and help you work efficiently, productively and sustainably.
Whether it’s power management which will intelligently run your network and
power down PCs out of hours or when they are not use; server efficiency which will
help you optimize the number of servers across the business; streamlined systems
management that cuts down the number of servers you need; or software asset
management where software licenses are managed more efficiently, organizations
can save millions in energy, rationalize processes and cut their carbon footprint
substantially. Users become more productive, and IT departments are freed up
from repetitive tasks.
Now that the right tools are available this is a tremendous opportunity for
organizations to become IT efficient. For example, our power management
solutions have helped our customers save in excess of $,,om in energy costs alone,
cutting their CO2 emissions by ¡., million tons.
What are you waiting for?
Efficiencymatters
Passionate about making IT leaner and more responsive, Sumir Karayi,
chief executive of 1E shares his thoughts on strategies to streamline spend
and generate business value from your IT investments
AppClarity rapidly helps
organizations reduce their software
bills. It seeks out unused software in
an enterprise, financially quantifies
the waste caused by that unused
software, reclaims and reuses the
unused licenses and eliminates
unnecessary license liability.
NightWatchman Enterprise is the
market-leading, comprehensive PC
power management solution which
addresses the ,o% of PCs that are
left on, draining power unnecessarily,
overnight and on weekends. It
ensures that every computer
remains available and ready to be
patched day or night without ever
impacting user productivity.
NightWatchman Server Edition
helps organizations reduce the
number of servers they are running
whether physical or virtual. It
analyzes and reports the amount of
useful activity across physical and
virtual servers enabling unused ones
to be decommissioned.
Nomad Enterprise uses spare
bandwidth to deliver OS upgrades,
software deployments and patches
safely and securely to thousands of
PCs and servers, day or night, with
zero disruption. OS releases,
software applications and updates
are distributed to remote serverless
branch offices and bandwidth-
challenged environments.
Shopping is the app store for the
enterprise which enables software
self-service and automates the
request, approval and delivery
process, meaning that users can
download the software and services
they need at any time.
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THE LATEST NEWS FROM 1E
Driving savings
Balfour Beatty WorkPlace is
making a positive contribution
to its sustainability vision with
NightWatchman Enterprise.
Balfour Beatty WorkPlace, part of a
multi-billion pound international
engineering, construction and
services group selected
NightWatchman Enterprise, to
reduce energy waste and carbon
emissions from unused PCs.
“As a group, we had a weighted score
of 900.5 in the CRC Performance
League Table this year, a score which
we will be actively looking to improve
in the coming year. With
NightWatchman Enterprise we can
monitor and drive savings now and in
the future,” says Alex Playford, IT
Project Manager, Balfour Beatty
WorkPlace.
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PCenergy use cut by half
Responsible for some of the most
historically and culturally significant
waterfront locations, Sydney Harbour
Foreshore Authority owns and manages
around 140 heritage assets.
The Foreshore Authority needed to deploy software patches
and upgrades to its computers in an effective and efficient manner
so installed NightWatchman Enterprise across its PC estate.
Computers were automatically shut down at 7pm unless they
were still in use. NightWatchman Enterprise facilitates automatic
software patching and upgrades to be done after hours, when
energy tariffs are cheaper and with zero disruption to end users.
Since implemented there’s been a 51% decrease in power
cost and emissions from computers. End users have experienced
greatly improved, zero-impact software patching and upgrades.
COPin or COPout?
Global climate politics are incredibly complex. So, what
really happened during COP 17 in Durban last December?
Durban did achieve positive change. The goal of the summit was
to negotiate a new climate deal by 2015, to replace the Kyoto
protocol. Indeed, progress towards that goal was made.
The world’s biggest carbon emitters – China, the United States,
the EU and India – all agreed to negotiate legally binding
restrictions. The crucial issue was whether a new agreement on
protecting the climate should have full legal force. It was also
agreed that poorer countries would get a $100bn fund by 2020
to help develop frameworks for a green economy.
Whatever is agreed will be coming into force from 2020. Until
then we have the Kyoto agreement – although Japan, Russia and
Canada stated that they would not take on further Kyoto targets.
All three are in the top ten emitters of Green House Gases.
So what do we need to do? Organizations must prepare for
climate change, because it’s unavoidable. Enterprise-class PC
power management solution NightWatchman Enterprise and
server power management solution NightWatchman Server Edition
are proven to help reduce carbon emissions and save money.
Start now.
StartUp
1Eleads PCpower
management, says Ovum
According to technology
analyst firm, Ovum, 1E pulls
away from other vendors in
the PCPM landscape.
Rhonda Ascierto, Ovum senior
analyst for energy and
sustainability technology and
author of Selecting a PC Power
Management Solution Vendor,
says; “NightWatchman Enterprise
should be shortlisted by mid-to-
large-size organizations that seek
a best-of-breed, stand-alone
PCPM solution that can also
perform patch management and
PC health remediation. It is an
excellent choice for organizations
with a focus on sustainability
because its reports include CO2
consumption and savings, which
can feed into company-wide
sustainability reports.”
CONTRIBUTIONS BY SU KENT, KAROLINA SHAW AND JESSICA SUTHERLAND-MARTIN
Efficiency
byNumbers
USDepartment of State
saves energy, cost and time
with Efficient ITinitiatives
$1.3m
Annual cash savings made by Verizon
Wireless following the deployment of
NightWatchman Enterprise.
“We decided on a PC power
management project to
manage the energy
consumption of our PCs as
our on-going objective is to
decrease our environmental
footprint by 5%. One month
in with NightWatchman
Enterprise and we have
seen a significant decrease
in electricity consumption.”
Peter Schonberg,
IT Environmental Team Lead,
Medibank
$2.4m
Annual cash savings made by Dell after
the deployment of NightWatchman
Enterprise.
5.6m
Kilowatt hours of electricity expected
savings following deployment of
NightWatchman Enterprise across 30,000
of Aviva’s PCs.
135m
Kilowatt hours of electricity per year
AT&T saved by powering down
corporate PCs during non-working hours.
3m
Kg of CO2 saved following deployment
of NightWatchman Enterprise across
HSBC’s PC estate, saving over $1m on
energy costs.
The US Department of State’s PC
power management project has
created time savings, reduced
risk scores and reduced power
waste. The initiative eliminated
more than 21,000 metric tons
(23,000 tons) of carbon emissions
per year.
The United States Department of
State is the Federal Executive
department responsible for inter-
national relations for the United
States. It covers more than 50
domestic facilities, and has more
than 250 US embassies, consulates
and passport agencies.
Secretary Clinton in her 2009
Earth Day Speech identified that
the State Department’s computer
services take up about 3% of its
building space but consume 40%
of the electricity load. She said,
“We are working with a team from
the IT department to narrow that
ratio, but one thing we could all do is
turn off our computers. That actually
would save energy.”
Seamless integration,
significant savings
To comply with federal mandates
and to support the Department’s
Greening Diplomacy Initiative, the
Department launched an agency-
wide initiative to eliminate power
waste across 100 percent of its
workstation computers.
88,986 desktops at 468 world-
wide sites had been kept on 24 hours
a day to ensure regular security
scanning, maintenance, and patching.
Now, NightWatchman Enterprise
shuts down unused workstations
maintaining security and minimizing
disruption. Integrating seamlessly
with the Department’s Microsoft
System Center Configuration
Manager platform, it also offers
robust reporting capabilities that
accurately report power and carbon
consumption.
The robust reporting capabilities
built into NightWatchman Enterprise
empower the Department to
accurately document both power and
carbon consumption savings through
a highly customized dashboard,
Enterprise View.
Additionally the wake-on-LAN
feature of NightWatchman Enterprise
enables workstations to be powered
on for patching, scanning, health
checks and software installations.
These tasks can now be performed
during non-business hours,
minimizing impact to normal day-to-
day business operations.
With projected savings worldwide
of several million dollars per year,
power management eliminates more
than 21,000 metric tons of carbon
emissions. NightWatchman Enterprise
has led to savings in energy, cost,
and time for the Department. It has
been widely accepted by the
Department’s extensive, global user
base for its automation, flexibility,
and ease of support, as well as its
intuitive reporting features.
Award Winner
SHAUN JEFFERY
Job title:
ICT Operations Manager
Company:
Newham University Hospital
1E solutions:
NightWatchman Enterprise,
NightWatchman Server
Edition
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In November, Newham
University Hospitals NHS
Trust won Public Sector
Project of the year at the
Greenbang 2011 Efficiency
Awards.
These awards recognize the top
efficiency-building technologies,
projects, people and companies.
“We have been looking at
efficiency for several years, with
IT contributing its part to reduce
overall carbon emissions,”
comments Shaun. “We’re thrilled
to be recognized by these
awards for our efforts to be
greener and more efficient with
the IT we have.”
“Using NightWatchman
Enterprise has shown us that it
is possible to make significant
energy savings without
disrupting the work of frontline
staff. Over a year we saved
£18,500 and reduced our carbon
emissions by approximately
143 tonnes. We’re now looking
to measure server efficiency and
identify how many servers are
not doing anything useful, with a
view to decommissioning or
repurposing them.”
“...one thing we could all
do is turn off our computers.
That actually would save
energy.”
WHEN IS FREE TOO CHEAP GEOFF COLLINS
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agement
en’t worth
Why would you implement a dedicated PC power
management solution when there’s a plethora of cheap
alternatives? Viewpoint examines the capabilities offered
by ‘built-in’ and bundled Power Management solutions
comparing them to the more extensive features that
NightWatchman Enterprisegives organizations to
manage today’s power-intensive IT systems. Sometimes
free things simply aren’t worth the cost.
>>>
W
hen selecting a PC power management
product there is lots of choice from
premium to cheap and even free.
There are a number of key capabilities
built into NightWatchman Enterprise from
1E that are absent from its cheaper cousins.
There is often an assumption that these
capabilities are simply icing on the cake. Indeed many organizations
regard their power management needs as being “not like those other
companies out there” and feel that they, “just need what’s good enough”.
Here are five key reasons why it is not quite so simple:
1
Demonstrate savings…credibly
A report showing savings is surely the goal of any power
management project, but it needs to be believable. One
method of calculating savings that is employed by many
of the less sophisticated solutions is to measure the current
consumption and compare it to what it would have been if all PCs had
previously been left on :¡x,. This is obviously inaccurate because it
claims credit for any power management that existed before the project
began such as diligent users turning off their own computers. For this
reason if you were to run this report prior to doing any power
management it would claim that it was already making savings! This
level of fallibility means that these reports are basically worthless for
reporting to the press, shareholders or for compliance with legislation.
Recommendation: Chose a power management solution that uses
multiple baselines, comparing an accurate measure of what you were
using with what you are using.
2
A cure for sleeplessness
Sleeplessness (also known as insomnia) is another issue that
a significant majority of power management systems fail
to address. Sleeplessness is where the system fails to go into
standby or hibernate mode at the appropriate time because
a process on the system keeps it awake, which means power savings are
lost. Sometimes this is appropriate, like PowerPoint or Media Player
(where there are long periods of apparent user inactivity), but more
often than not it happens for no good reason – Antivirus software and
in-house apps are a common cause of sleeplessness. There’s also the issue
of unexpected wakeups where a ‘sleeping’ PC is woken prematurely due
to a slight movement of a mouse or general network activity. This failure
to be in low power mode when not in use can add up to serious money
(see page Io&I, for greater insight).
Recommendation: Ensure that your chosen power management
solution can detect problems that cause sleeplessness and critically
remediate them to ensure that maximum savings are achieved.
WHEN IS FREE TOO CHEAP GEOFF COLLINS
Significantlylowers
energycosts
without impacting
user productivity
The NightWatchman Difference
1
NightWatchman Enterprise uses
multiple baselines to accurately measure
savings. A baseline is taken before any power
management is applied and compared to a
second baseline after a period of power
management. New baselines can even be
taken after changes such as hardware refresh
to be able to observe the effect on your usage.
2
NightWatchman Enterprise has a
Sleepless Client Detection feature that
allows your administrators to be shown
which processes are keeping systems awake
and selectively override them. This approach
uniquely preserves the ability for valid
processes such as media player to keep the
system awake, but will prevent the
inappropriate ones from wasting power.
3
NightWatchman Enterprise integrates
holistically with the patch management
cycle. The built in WakeUp technology will
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Save users’ work
Sure, some vendors will promise you power management
without turning off PCs: Standby, hibernate etc. Sooner or
later though, you’ll have to reboot them; the IT department
needs to push out security updates and because machines
become unhealthy if they don’t get a periodic reboot. Either your users
get prompted to reboot their computers during the day after the patch
has been deployed or ideally the PC gets rebooted overnight. Even Io
minutes of user down time for a reboot once per week adds up to big
dollars across a large organization. Furthermore if a user actually loses
unsaved work during a scheduled reboot then you’ve lost any financial
saving that you’d make on that PC across an entire year or more.
Recommendation: Your PC power management solution must
consider the reboot scenario (both from the IT department and end
user perspective) and ideally integrate with your patch management
technology.
4
Be accurate
When reporting on consumption or savings there are a
number of key metrics that you need to know. Two of the
most important are how much electricity your PCs use and
how much you pay for that electricity. Many solutions on the
market simply use averages for these values. The more advanced ones
may allow different averages for laptops and desktops, but this is still
woefully inaccurate. For instance a low energy PC can use as little as :,W
whereas a high performance workstation could be using over ,ooW. The
same is true for the cost of energy. For example, a location in the USA
might pay Io cents per kilowatt hour whereas in Canada the tariff could
be ,o cents. With such a massive difference does an average make sense?
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This is a massive problem if these reports need to be used for reporting
to demonstrate compliance with legislation or for corporate
sustainability objectives.
Recommendation: If your organization has more than one type of PC
or multiple locations, then a solution that allows multiple energy
tariffs and has an understanding of the energy consumption of
different makes and models is essential.
5
Dealing with the exceptions
An enterprise computing environment is a complex
landscape of differing hardware, applications and different
external requirements such as departmental working
patterns. The way that this is addressed by basic level power
management solutions is often to exclude systems with some exotic
requirement. For instance one might exclude any computers that are
in the finance team that have a specific app, because they need to run
overnight once per month. As the project rolls on more and more
machines that have some special circumstance are identified and
excluded, seriously impacting the results of the project.
Recommendation: Consider the edge cases – does the solution allow
you to power manage as many machines as possible? Is it capable of
dealing with all of these special user groups?
It might appear at first glance that your ‘free’ power management may
be good enough. In reality, the lack of critical capability will only give
you, at best, some power savings on some of your systems some of the
time. You will never know your true situation as the reporting is so
optimistically inaccurate. So, your choice is ‘do’ power management
properly or not at all – if you don’t, it’ll cost you more in the long run.
wake systems overnight to allow patches to be
deployed, and automatically save any open
user documents prior to the system reboot
that is required to complete the update
process. This unique capability solves one of
the big frustrations of the modern workplace
– the dreaded reboot nag screen which not
only annoys users but impacts productivity.
4
1E holds a central database of power
consumption data for thousands of PC
models built up over many years. This gives
unparalleled ability to accurately measure
energy consumption. This is complemented
with the capability to map different energy
tariffs to different locations so as to accurately
attach a financial cost against consumption.
5
NightWatchman Enterprise has myriad
features designed to handle the scenarios
that might require a machine to be excluded
from power management: The solution can
be configured to back off if certain
applications are running for example and it
is fully scriptable to handle almost any
eventuality.
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Aviva is the world’s sixth largest
insurance group, serving 53.4 million
customers across the world with
insurance, savings and investment
products. It is the UK’s largest insurer
and one of Europe’s leading providers
of life and general insurance.
T
hroughout its  year heritage, Aviva
has always remained committed to
corporate responsibility. The company
strives to deliver prosperity and peace of mind
to its customers, employees, stakeholders and
shareholders by acting responsibly and
sustainably, while reducing risk and protecting
the environment.
Reducing carbon emissions across
the business
As its corporate responsibility report io:o
states, Aviva has high ambitions and has
sharpened its focus on embedding
sustainability in everything it does. Tackling
climate change and protecting the environment
are key priorities for the company.
High in its priority list is to control its
impact and carbon footprint, including
greenhouse gas emissions from energy
consumption and business travel.
In io:o, Aviva reduced its gross carbon
emissions by |%; the third year in a row it has
successfully managed to reduce its C02
emissions. Aviva estimate that |o% of emissions
come from IT.
Dedicated IT taskforce
To combat this, the insurer set up a dedicated
sustainable IT taskforce, who are always
looking at ways that the company can more
accurately benchmark this impact and identify
new measures for carbon reduction. It was this
group who selected advanced PC power
CLAIMING A PREMIUM ENV
CaseStudy_Aviva
CHALLENGE
On average, 60% of PCs were being
left on after work on weekdays and
over the weekend at Aviva. A key carbon
efficiency measure implemented by the
sustainable IT taskforce was a PC
power management project with 1E.
SOLUTION
NightWatchmanEnterprise from
1E deployed across 30,000 PCs
BENEFITS
● A trial across 856 PCs in the UK
pointed to a 6.5% saving in electricity
● Projected savings of 7,706,610
kWh of electricity per year across
30,000 PCs
● Equivalent emissions reduction of
4,138 metric tonnes of CO2
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management software Night Watchman
Enterprise from 1E in May iooµ.
PC power management trial
Prior to starting the large-scale deployment of
NightWatchman Enterprise the team tested the
solution across multiple locations in the UK
across 8,o computers. The trial demonstrated a
o.,% reduction in electricity usage.
NightWatchman collected data for one week
and the resulting analysis report demonstrated
that during this period, oo% of desktop PCs
and :8 percent of laptops were being left on
overnight. On weekends, ,¡% of desktops and
¡o% of monitors were being left on, but only
¡% were actually being used.
Time to deploy
After a successful trial, Aviva was ready to
deploy NightWatchman across ¡o,ooo PCs.
The analysis report illustrated that the leading
insurer could expect to save ,,o¡o,¡i8kWh
of electricity per year on completion of the
deployment to ¡o,ooo computers (i.e desktops
and laptops). This equates to the prevention of
i8:i metric tonnes of CO2 being released into
the atmosphere per year.
The solution has been rolled out across the
UK, Europe and the Asia Pacific region over
the past year.
“We are only too aware of the challenges
posed by climate change. Managing our impact
on the environment is central to our Corporate
Responsibility programme,”comments
Christine Fraser, Property and Financial
Services Director at Aviva.
“We are committed to addressing the issue
of climate change and strive to eliminate waste
and reduce energy usage. We approached 1E and
saw their solution as the best for what we needed
to achieve. We are excited to work together to
achieve our carbon management goals.”
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or energy providers, the cheapest way to make
energy is to avoid its generation. For companies,
especially in these straitened times where energy
price hikes seem an inevitable recurring event, a
way of controlling and even reducing costs is to
actively power manage their IT estates. Funding an
energy conservation project is a low-cost strategy to ensure that
the utility can still resource future energy generation.
For companies, apart from the obvious savings through
becoming more efficient, there are the green credentials that are
associated with energy saving and reducing carbon emissions –
companies like to be seen doing their bit for the environment and
promote the fact they are green.
IT Programs
Data Center and IT energy use is growing faster than in any
other sector; this is partly due to the rapid uptake of data center
virtualization. Utility companies are driving transformation by
creating incentive programs where any organization in any sector
can adopt energy efficiency solutions and benefit from
generous rebates.
Incentive programs fund anything from :,% up to ,o% of
qualifying efficiency projects or offer cash rebates for customers
who install new, energy efficient IT equipment or cooling systems.
Aimed at encouraging companies to construct energy efficient
data centers, to consolidate computing, storage and networking
ENERGY REBATES SU KENT
Energy is like time, a valuable
resource that once consumed can’t
be retrieved. Wasting energy is futile
yet avoidable and over the past few
years, governments, non-
governmental organizations and
utility companies have been working
to combat growing energy
consumption by helping people and
organizations save energy. As an
incentive, many utility providers,
especially in North America will
partially or fully fund the costs of
PC power management or a server
reduction program.
Energy Rebates
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resources or to run their PC estate more efficiently by deploying
an Efficient IT solution they shorten the payback on your energy
efficiency investments and help improve your company’s
bottom line.
The Types of Programs
There are different types of programs, ranging from simple to
complex. Each US state has specific energy needs and the rebate
program is flexible so that each state can set the rebate amounts
to design the most appropriate program. For large power
management installations the most likely type of program is
known as a Calculated or Custom type. Generally used in the
commercial sector, they allow organizations to bring new projects
and approaches to the utility – projects that the utility may not
be aware of at the outset.
Invariably there may be complicated calculations and
measurements for the savings to be verified. This can have a
knock-on effect that may delay receiving the rebate. It’s useful to
look for an Efficient IT solution that has built-in tools which can
assist the calculation and expedite the process.
Engage your utility company early
It is advisable to engage your utility company early in the process as
all incentives must be approved by them before installation so it is
best to involve them from the outset. Working collaboratively with
the utility you will get guidance on efficiency decisions and ensure
you know the available payment and how long the incentive
program will last (beware: some programs may only be active for
I: months and even then, this may change due to the availability of
program funds).
If you have completed a project, or even just taken the
purchasing decision without their involvement you may find it
harder to justify the need for their support and may not qualify
for funding. In general the incentives are there to assist the
funding of a project that would not happen without the financial
reward, so it is important that the utility company feels that they
have driven you towards an energy saving program. Incentive
amounts are only finalized at the time of contract which may also
need to be signed by the utility before you purchase any energy
efficiency solution or equipment.
Joyce Kinnear, manager of utility marketing services for the
City of Palo Alto says: “Those companies that understand the
benefits must ensure they engage with us early in their claim
process; if they don’t, they might not qualify for a rebate.”
Mary Medeiro McEnroe, the public benefit program manager
for Silicon Valley Power agrees: “Most programs require pre-
approval to ensure they qualify.” The Californian Energy
Commission regulates the rebates programs for all the utilities in
the State and needs assurance that the rebates are only given to
new initiatives.
“Probably the biggest challenge is the lack of time and staff at
companies to implement power management programs,” Mary
says. “There’s still a lot of opportunity for companies to apply but
generally a lack of internal resource to carry it out.”
Explain the project in detail
The utility will be looking for information that will help them
understand the application of the technology, the efficiencies that
will be made, and that it meets the specifications they have laid out.
The utility will need to verify your savings before issuing your
rebate. You will need to describe your project in detail and provide
information about what the technology does and how it contributes
to saving energy in your organization, including performance
data of existing equipment and rigorous analysis of expected
energy savings.
Report accurately
You will need to create a credible energy savings estimate (also
known as an energy savings calculator) which shows the total kW
footprint, annual kWh usage and savings, and the expected cost of
operations and maintenance. It is essential that you understand the
utility’s ROI formula to make relevant projections on your energy
efficiencies to calculate the monetary savings.
You can also work with the vendor to estimate the energy
savings and resulting energy rebate. Their project managers will
probably have prior experience in preparing a report and verifying
it before you submit it to the utility.
Funding an energy
conservation project
is a low-cost strategy
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Sleeplessness occurs when a system fails to go to sleep
when it should. Suppose you have a PC that is set to
go to sleep after Io minutes of inactivity, however every
few minutes you move the mouse or press a button on
the keyboard. The system will never go to sleep because
your activity is keeping it awake – it is sleepless.
The operating system uses an internal idle timer
to keep track of when the PC should sleep. This is constantly counting
down when the PC is idle and when it hits zero the computer should go
to sleep. When a user does anything with the computer however slight,
the value gets reset and the countdown begins again. This happens all
day long while the PC is in use.
Still wide awake
Windows has been engineered so that it will not enter a sleep state if
certain conditions are met, one of which is when CPU activity is above
a given threshold – for example, if a busy web page keeps auto-refreshing
– this will keep the system awake.
Applications or drivers can also request the system to stay awake.
They do this by setting an operating system flag called ‘System Required’.
Other applications may just be written incorrectly. For instance, the
system can still think that audio is playing even when all media apps
have closed.
These sleepless events mean PCs have applications or processes
running which keep them awake all of the time, in a constant sleepless
state.
Many IT maintenance tasks such as backup, virus scan or software
installations cause CPU spikes which in turn cause sleeplessness. In
general organizations prefer to perform systems management activity
overnight. However, if an organization does not have the ability to
remotely power on its PCs, they either have to leave PCs on overnight,
or perform IT maintenance tasks during the working day which
impacts users.
Detection of sleeplessness a must
As IT maintenance is a regular and unavoidable activity, it is important
that any PC power management solution integrate with systems
management solutions and have wake-on-LAN and sleepless client
detection and remediation as part of its feature set. Otherwise it ignores
massive potential savings for enterprises of all sizes. A theoretical ,,ooo-
seat organization could be wasting more than $¡o,ooo yearly solely by
ignoring sleeplessness. For larger organizations, this waste is even more
significant. Why wait?
Further reading: 1E Whitepaper – Why NightWatchman Enterprise is more effective
than in-built power schemes. http://bit.ly/w3tVEU
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We look at the impact of sleeplessness on an
organization’s power management strategy
and the potential for lost savings when a power
management solution does not provide sleepless
client detection. For many organizations µo%
of their systems will experience at least one
intermittent sleepless event at least once a month,
,o% at least once a week and io% will be in a
constant sleepless state.
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solution of choice and the
steps he took in selecting it.
What was the driver for you to implement PC power
management at Arup?
We are an engineering company that has a growing awareness of its carbon
footprint. We have an eye to be energy efficient and reduce our carbon
emissions and a drive to implement solutions and tools that would enable
us to achieve these goals.
Did you knowthe scale of the problem?
We had no clear visibility of the problem and conducted a study of how
many machines were left on at night and over weekends. From analyzing
the data we discovered that there were about :,ooo machines representing
about ,o-¡o% of all laptops and desktops across the company’s offices in
the UK, Middle East and Europe that were being left on overnight and at
weekends. We also did a small study to discover the true energy draw of
PCs compared to what was advertised on manufacturers’ websites and saw
a disconnect from reality.
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After these two studies we started to look at PC
power management solutions. NightWatchman
Enterprise pressed all the right buttons. Night-
Watchman Enterprise is an intelligent solution
that identifies the applications running and either
save the user’s work and cleanly close the
application or not shut down the machines if
they’re mission critical. The reporting was very
good as well, producing detailed information on
our energy usage.
We also had issues as we do a lot of software
deployments – we use a lot of applications, in
particular heavy ones such as Autodesk,
AutoCAD, Revit, 3D Studio Max – and security
updates come out very frequently. It was critical
that any tool we selected had to fit in with the patching process.
Before we had NightWatchman Enterprise we used to deploy updates
and patches during the daytime which would affect end user productivity.
We would get constant complaints from staff about their machines
running slowly. It was near impossible to do some mass updates for
example transitioning to Acrobat Io meant that Acrobat , had to be shut
down. A key requirement was to avoid this.
I understand you implemented a pilot – what did the
NightWatchman Enterprise baseline data show?
We chose to test NightWatchman Enterprise on our biggest UK division,
which has ooo users, over a four week period. Most critically, we didn’t tell
the our users as we didn’t want them to change their behavior. After four
weeks of monitoring energy consumption rates we enabled Night-
Watchman Enterprise for a further test period of four weeks and made it
visible in the system tray. We advised users that their
PCs would shut down at I,:oo but that they could
override this if necessary. This was key to gaining
acceptance buy-in from stakeholders.
Analyzing the data from the two four-week periods
demonstrated that on average a quarter of computers
were left on each weekday evening and :o% during
weekends. We were able to show that Night-
Watchman Enterprise gave us a ,o% saving on energy
consumption. On the back of this NightWatchman
Enterprise was bought for the European, UK and
Middle East offices.
Howoften do you wake up your computer
estate for patches and upgrades?
As power users of NightWatchman Enterprise I reckon
we probably use it every night to implement patches
and upgrades. Once a month we wake up all 8,ooo
machines for regular security updates. Night-
Watchman Enterprise wakes them up at 3am, installs
the updates and powers them down again. Power
Management that integrates with our patching process
was key for us.
What other benefits have you found by
deploying NightWatchman Enterprise?
It’s given us more visibility on the benefits of up-
grading our machines every three years both from a
processing point of view (which affects productivity)
and the energy consumption levels. As Night-
Watchman Enterprise can identify the exact make and
model of every computer it is installed on, we can get
TIM JAMES_
DIRECTOR_SUSTAINABLEIT
WHEN CONSIDERING A PC POWER
MANAGEMENT SOLUTION, THE MOST
IMPORTANT FUNCTIONALITY FOR MY CLIENTS
IS FLEXIBILITY. A POWER MANAGEMENT
SOLUTION MUST PROVIDE THE
FUNCTIONALITY TO CATER FOR THE SPECIFIC
REQUIREMENTS OF A LARGE CORPORATE
NETWORK. FOR EXAMPLE, CHOOSING A
SOLUTION THAT ONLY ALLOWS YOU TO PLACE
DEVICES INTO STANDBY IS AN ABSOLUTE
NO-NO; THE SOLUTION MUST CATER FOR
POWER DOWN AND HIBERNATE AS WELL.
A ONE SIZE FITS ALL SCENARIO DOES NOT
WORK WHEN IT COMES TO POWER
MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS AS APPLICATIONS
RESPOND VERY DIFFERENTLY TO DIFFERENT
POWER STATE SCENARIOS.
PHIL ALBERTA_CIO_IPM
COMPANIES THAT ARE CONSIDERING NEW TECHNOLOGY
MUST FIRST EVALUATE THE BUSINESS IMPACT AND
STRATEGIC BENEFITS TO DETERMINE ITS VALUE. WHEN
CONSULTING WITH CLIENTS ON POWER MANAGEMENT
SOLUTIONS, WE EVALUATE ITS MERITS ON THREE CRITERIA.
FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE FOCUS ON THE CLIENT
EXPERIENCE. POWER MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS MUST
BE TRANSPARENT TO THE END USER AND ACCOMMODATE
INDIVIDUAL WORK HABITS WITHOUT INTERRUPTION.
SECONDLY, WE EVALUATE THE IMPACT
ON IT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES. THE
SOLUTION MUST INTEGRATE WITH
EXISTING DESKTOP AND SERVER
MANAGEMENT TOOLS AND PRACTICES
AND ENHANCE MAINTENANCE
PROCEDURES. LASTLY, WE ASSESS
THE STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT OF THE
SOLUTION PROVIDER. THE PROVIDER
MUST DEMONSTRATE STRONG
ALLIANCES WITH KEY HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
MANUFACTURERS AND UNDERSTAND OUR CLIENT'S
CURRENT AND FUTURE DIRECTION TO ENSURE SEAMLESS
INTEGRATION.
POWER MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS OFFER A COMPELLING
DRAW, BUT THEY MUST ALIGN WITH BUSINESS GOALS AND
EXISTING SYSTEMS TO ACHIEVE THE MAXIMUM BENEFITS.
ANOTHER IMPORTANT ASPECT IS OBVIOUSLY
THE END USER. IN MANY RESPECTS THE END
USER JUST CANNOT BE BOTHERED. IT IS
CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THEREFORE TO
ENSURE THAT THEY DO NOT LOSE ANY OF
THEIR WORK AND ARE NOT INCONVENIENCED
IN ANY WAY. NIGHTWATCHMAN ENTERPRISE
GIVES US THESE CAPABILITIES THROUGH
INTELLIGENT SHUTDOWNS AND SECURE
WAKE-ON-LAN OUT OF THE BOX.
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exact data on how much energy (Watts) is consumed by each one and we
found interesting statistics on energy usage on machines depending on
how old they are. Machines that are four years old were consuming twice
as much as new ones which adds up to considerable amount over a large
estate like ours. Using NightWatchman Enterprise we now identify older
computers and target them for an upgrade.
What happens towork that’s open at the time of shutdown?
We have a lot of complex software and some machines need to run :¡/,,
for example, when a rendering process is going on. Once that’s finished it
is fine for it to continue to be regularly shut down using NightWatchman
Enterprise. Regarding the loss of work we have never had one complaint
that anyone has lost anything, so obviously the back-up feature works.
With NightWatchman Enterprise there are built-in VB Scripts which save
Word, Excel and PowerPoint files if they are open at shutdown. 1E
provides very good documentation around creating other scripts for other
applications such as Autodesk software, so if any document is open when
the machine goes into shutdown it is saved automatically.
And Client Health, has that been a useful feature?
Client Health is very good. We always estimated that about ,% of our
machines had a broken ConfigMgr client, or that there was some issue
with the admin share which had been deleted or the WMI wasn’t working
correctly. Before, we never had a tool that would identify which machine
had the particular problem that had an affected ConfigMgr client that, in
turn, stopped deployments and security upgrades. NightWatchman
Enterprise’s built-in Client Health feature reports where the problems are
and we can either manually go and fix them, or in certain instances,
NightWatchman Enterprise can deliver automated fixes.
Howlong did it take to implement NightWatchman
Enterprise and howlong was the payback period?
NightWatchman Enterprise took only :¡ hours to deploy and was ready
and working after one day. The solution is very intuitive and straight-
forward to implement and maintain. Our return on investment took just
I¡ months. We have had fantastic feedback from our users and we have
since deployed NightWatchman Enterprise across other regions, in South
Africa and Australia and we have recently had interest from China to do
the same.
MIKE MACHULSKY_PRESIDENT AND CEO_
SOFTWARE LOGIC INC.
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT
CONSIDERATIONS THAT WE ADVISE OUR CLIENTS TO
LOOK AT BEFORE IMPLEMENTING PC POWER
MANAGEMENT.
THINK BIG, START SMALL. IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO
START ON A PROOF OF CONCEPT OR RUN A PILOT
PROJECT. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU WORK DIRECTLY
WITH 1E AND A SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR, LIKE
SOFTWARE LOGIC, TO ANALYZE A REPRESENTATIVE
SAMPLE OF YOUR DESKTOP ESTATE. THIS WAY YOU
WILL BE ABLE TO EVALUATE POWER CONSUMPTION
CHARACTERISTICS WITH AND WITHOUT 1E
NIGHTWATCHMAN AND USE THIS POWER
CONSUMPTION DATA TO BUILD A SOUND BUSINESS
CASE AND ROI PROJECTION.
CONSIDER PC POWER MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
ACROSS THE BOARD. IN ADDITION TO POWERING
DOWN PCS ON NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS DEVELOP
AND IMPLEMENT POLICIES THAT FORCE DESKTOPS
INTO HIBERNATE OR SLEEP STATE DURING BUSINESS
HOURS. ALSO UNDERSTAND HOW YOUR CURRENT PC
REFRESH SCHEDULE CAN HAVE THE ADDED BENEFIT
OF POWER SAVINGS – REPLACE THE OLD WITH NEW,
ENERGY-EFFICIENT MODELS.
LEVERAGE TAX BREAKS AND INCENTIVES.
THE US TAX CODE ALLOWS A 50% BONUS
DEPRECIATION FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES
PURCHASED AND DEPLOYED IN 2012 – WORK WITH
YOUR ACCOUNTING STAFF TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE
OF THESE INCENTIVES. INVESTIGATE UTILITY INCENTIVE
PROGRAMS – THEY CAN FUND UP TO 70% OF
QUALIFYING EFFICIENCY PROJECTS OR THEY CAN
OFFER OTHER CASH REBATES – ENGAGE EARLY TO
WORK WITH YOUR LOCAL UTILITIES. THEY ARE HAPPY
TO HELP AND GIVE GUIDANCE ON EFFICIENCY
DECISIONS.
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Organizations manage a plethora
of different devices across their
IT infrastructure – servers, PCs,
laptops, mobile devices, printers
and so on.
These all consume energy, as do the
surrounding facilities such as lighting
and heating systems.
What has been frustrating is how
difficult it is to discover, measure, report
and control energy use across this
corporate infrastructure. Significant cost
is being spent on disparate attempts to
measure and control energy use.
It seems each device speaks a
different language and to date there has
been no standardized way to collect data
from these devices. Cisco EnergyWise
addresses the challenges of managing
energy use across multiple device types.
It starts with the one thing all these
devices have in common – they connect
to the network.
The Cisco EnergyWise API, available
in many Cisco network devices,
standardizes the reporting of energy use
enabling companies to make significant
energy and additional efficiency savings
across their entire estate.
For example, a :ok-employee
organization would be looking at savings
of $:.|o million a year. These savings
come from power managing the office
building, the IT equipment and the data
center. By managing IT Efficiency
through rationalizing the number of
servers in the data center to only those
performing useful work, operational
savings of at least $|ook can be achieved.
Cisco EnergyWise solutions in
addition to solutions from 1E for round-
the-clock PC power management, and
saving server energy with no disruption
to the business will provides an ROI
within :i months. The solution
broadens the reach of energy and
efficiency management across data
center and campus IT and increases its
depth across different layers of the
infrastructure (servers, networks,
network-powered devices etc.).
It applies intelligence directly to the
devices being managed, gives control to
users to ensure power management
doesn’t disrupt their work and supports
legacy hardware and new technologies.
Working with Cisco and 1E together
means that power management
solutions can apply to a broad range of
devices.
Managingenergyacrossthecorporateinfrastructure
ANDY HAWKINS PRODUCT MANAGER, NIGHTWATCHMAN SERVER EDITION
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Server Efficiency
Are you contributing to the world’s $i¡.| billion of waste by
running unproductive servers?
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Probably the most fundamental pieces of equipment in your IT asset arsenal are servers.
But they’re also probably the most ignored and disregarded when it comes to looking at
whether they run efficiently. Many Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)
solutions concentrate on everything else in the facility but not on the humble server itself.
In this article Andy Hawkins looks at the potential savings you can make through
implementing server power management and efficiency software.
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computing now buzzwords in every
enterprise, the idea that you could
actually decommission servers and
run your business processes on a small
server estate is attractive. A recent
survey shows that I,% of your servers
are not doing any useful work. With
the average cost of running a physical server for a year at $¡¡oo, and a
virtualized one at $Iooo, by introducing server power management
and efficiency analysis you could switch off as many as one in six of
your servers which is an even more attractive proposition.
Qualifying the problem
All too often, as companies have grown, the size of their server farm
has increased to run the business. The problem is in not knowing if
all servers still add business value. There may be servers employed for
a project that’s been shelved or for one that’s delayed, but once put into
service server managers are loathe to switch them off, even temporarily.
Although you may invest in the most efficient servers available today it
may be of little consequence if you do not run them efficiently. Research
shows that servers use about oo% of their maximum power while doing
nothing at all and most only ever use a fraction of their available
compute resources.
NightWatchman Server Edition, the server efficiency solution, not
only provides insight into the performance of physical and virtual servers
but identifies the level of useful activity on them. If there is no useful
activity, then your investment is giving you absolutely no return.
In this tougher, tighter economy with soaring energy costs and up-
ward inflation rate all companies are having to become leaner and more
watchful of their budgets. This applies to all areas and IT is no exception.
As computers and servers are great consumers of energy, IT is
looking at how to reduce their energy draw without disrupting end users.
Leveraging existing assets and their power saving technologies to the full
extent will contribute a greater return on investment.
Server power management and efficiency analysis
If there are old servers (five or more years) in your estate, you will be
likely to find their components were designed to run at maximum
performance all of the
time. Much like some
new cars have
technologies to save
energy (such as engines
which stop as the driver
brings the car to a halt) you
will find new servers are able to
adapt their performance to save energy
by running more slowly. Running software which is aware of when the
server is no longer working on business critical tasks (analogous to a
stopped car) means these technologies can be used to great effect.
This awareness can be used to identify servers which are never used
by the business. Maintaining a dynamic list of such assets is valuable as it
avoids unnecessary spend on new hardware. It often makes sense to keep
a small amount of spare capacity to hand, akin to having one or two
spare light bulbs. That said, aging servers are often of little use, even in
an emergency, so age of server is an important factor when making
repurposing or recycling decisions.
Virtualization has driven uptake of brand new servers and naturally
flushed out old servers, yet has introduced its own set of inefficiencies.
There is concern over increasing virtual sprawl which is partly due to a
blithe approach to commissioning new servers. This leads to an increase
in the numbers of virtual servers which become an unmanaged liability
and additional cost to the enterprise.
Measureable savings, improved ROI
It is pointless running servers uselessly and wouldn’t it be great to know
where your spare capacity resides? With instant visibility of power costs,
efficiency and CO: emissions via the NightWatchman Server Edition
dashboard, you can make informed decisions about which servers to
switch off or recycle. This will help you avoid sprawl, and achieve
improved payback through efficient use of technology instead. After all,
you want all your assets to be working for you and running efficiently.
You wouldn’t expect to have I,% of your workforce doing nothing for
you every day so make the same demands on your IT estate.
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appropriate resources allocated to operate
the solution once implemented. Although
not necessarily complex, larger organizations
should allocate a Service Owner who has a
technical understanding of the solution and
the authority and skills to negotiate power
management policies with the business. By
involving these people at the very early stages
they will understand what is involved in
operating the solution and the impact of your
design decisions.
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acceptance and approval processes in
your business. If the solution needs to
be tested and accepted by individual business
units before you can deploy it, find some
senior allies in each business unit that are
interested in energy efficiency who will
champion your cause and get things moved
through for the benefit of the business.
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Selecting and deploying PC power management software
is just the first step in achieving energy savings for your
organization. The 1E consulting team have years of
experience in this field ranging from sub-:,ooo user
companies to huge environments managing over ¡oo,ooo
workstations. In this article Head of Consulting (EMEA),
Dave Fuller, PC Power Management Practice Lead,
Ian Godfrey and EMEA Technical Lead, Rob Haines share
their top tips to help you approach, execute and operate a
successful PC power management solution.
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It is important to understand what
your current power usage behavior
is and to capture this for comparison
later, once you have implemented power
management. It is best not to tell users you
are doing this as it is likely to change their
behavior and give you inaccurate data.
4
Understand what the business
objectives are, ensure these can be
measured and always work towards
these. It is easy to get encumbered with
technical or political issues that have little
impact on the overall possible savings. Focus
on achieving the business benefits on the
majority of workstations across your entire
estate as soon as possible.
5
Keep it simple. Start with a single
power management policy (e.g. power
down at I,:oo, wake up at o,:oo) and
ask the business to justify any exceptions to
this. Even in the largest environments you
should be managing only three to five different
policies, with one being complete exclusion
from power management to handle political or
technical minorities.
6
While reporting can be very granular,
maintaining groups for reporting
becomes more complex as granularity
increases. If the business only needs to see
consumption trends per region, there is little
point going to the effort of presenting data per
individual building.
7
Our experience has taught us that it
is useful to understand the differences
between putting a computer to sleep
compared with powering it off (see Good
Night pages Io-I,). Sleep gives a quicker
wake up time and eliminates the need to
save application data when powering down,
however some applications can misbehave
when resuming from sleep, especially if there
are open files on shared network drives.
Completely shutting down a computer every
night has the added benefits of ensuring
regular reboots, which is essential for effective
patch management. This may require
management of open files as well as wake-on-
LAN to be enabled in the BIOS.
8
Download reports regularly
to monitor what is happening and
to identify trends. If reports show
anomalies, ask questions! Determine if there
has been a change in user behavior, policy
management or some other environmental
factor across the organization.
9
Ensure the health of the power
management infrastructure is regularly
monitored. For example, it’s important
that your SQL Transaction Log has enough
disk space otherwise you could discover
anomalies in reporting.
If you are embarking on a PC power manage-
ment project for your own organization, our
consultants would be very happy to discuss
your specific requirements and demonstrate
how our years of expertise will ensure you
are successful in meeting your goals.
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VP
Name: Ian Godfrey
Job Title: PC Power
Management Practice Lead
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ASK THE PRODUCT MANAGERS WITH RICHARD CUDD AND ANDY HAWKINS
Q
I thought the next generation of hard-
ware is much more power efficient?
Richard Cudd (NightWatchman Enterprise)
It’s true, but there are always devices that
need power management. I believe we can
be more efficient with power regardless of
the device, whether it’s a desktop, laptop,
thin client or a tablet. And it’s not just about
power. Availability management is a key
efficiency area. NightWatchman Enterprise
ensures the end user’s device is as healthy
as it can be. This means less downtime
caused by reboots, slow running applications
and critical services that are simply not
running properly meaning productivity is not
affected.
Andy Hawkins (NightWatchman Server
Edition) You will have invested in many
servers that are still working well and are
unlikely to replace them in one go. You will
still need to manage your existing estate and
identify which servers are useful, remove
those that are not and optimize what’s left.
You’ll be surprised at the savings you can
make, research shows that as many as one
in six servers are not doing anything useful.
Q
Has power management been rendered
irrelevant by server virtualization?
Andy Virtualization initiatives can bring
savings but it’s a one-time windfall. The
bigger picture is more about efficiency, and
saving power is only a part of that. I’m
sceptical of most measures of virtualization
success as it is very easy to create many
virtualized servers and paint a success story,
but it’s only veneer thin. The use of
virtualization has to be controlled and our
software helps achieve that. We see
organizations spending thousands on
virtualization and it gets painful quickly when
it sprawls out of control.
Q
With the rise of cloud, will power
management be relevant to enterprises?
Richard There are inherent costs associated
with the cloud. Efficiencies have been over-
looked as users still have to access cloud
services through an end point – power
management ensures these will not consume
power when they are not being used.
Andy If you are talking about private cloud,
then power management is absolutely still
relevant as the IT assets remain within the
data center. But power is only one measure
of usage, traditionally a popular one as it is
tangible. Cloud and virtualization mess with
that. Now we find power hungry servers
hosting applications which belong to multiple
business units. That breaks existing charge-
back models. Reporting which understands
virtualization and cloud is going to be key to
repairing internal chargeback processes.
Public cloud is a different matter. You feel
you’ve passed the cost of power onto
someone else, but in reality you still pay –
just indirectly – through rental fees.
Occasionally power is used as a differentiator,
and this may appeal to sustainability
initiatives but at the end of the day it comes
down to cost and service.
Q
What if I am looking at VDI or adopting
thin clients in my environment?
Richard I have seen VDI being used most
often where companies have merged and
want to provide access to services across the
two merged entities. This works really well,
however it is far from ubiquitous. In the
nearer term there will be more App-V and
XenApp adoption than full VDI deployments.
You may adapt some portion of your estate,
but for the foreseeable future there will
always be traditional devices out there. And
by the time you have started virtualizing in
earnest, you’ll have already got ROI on the
project. Besides isn't this just moving the
problem to the data center? Power
management is by no means redundant.
Andy But have you got your ROI? You are
moving costs to the data center for sure,
and you need to have control over that. So it
becomes vital to monitor the useful activity
on servers and relate that to operating costs,
including energy of course.
Richard Cudd, (Night-
Watchman Enterprise), and
Andy Hawkins, (Night-
Watchman Server Edition),
answer all you need to know
about server and PC Power
Management.
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