Smart Grid

October 23, 2012

Save Your Energy with Verdiem's IT and Facility Power Management Platform

It’s not a nine-to-five world anymore and weary workers may sometimes forget to “power down” their computers before they leave the office. Now, that’s not a problem! Seattle-based Verdiem (News - Alert) has introduced VBOX, a turnkey energy management appliance that remotely monitors and controls networked PC and Mac power consumption without disturbing the end-user.

Together with Verdiem Surveyor Fall Edition 2012, VBOX provides a fully integrated software and hardware solution for an easy, quick and affordable deployment. Surveyor is Verdiem’s enterprise-class PC power management software. It facilitates the central administration of power management settings for networked PCs, Macs, IP phones, switches/routers, and other Power-over-Ethernet devices.  Intelligent policies maximize energy savings by placing machines into lower power states without interfering with end-user productivity, desktop maintenance, or upgrades.

With the integrated total solution, organizations benefit from up to 60 percent savings in IT energy costs. Customers typically achieve return on investment in 6-12 months—and even more quickly, if utility rebates are available.

“Verdiem has spent more than 10 years innovating in the world of IT energy management," said John Scumniotales, president and CEO of Verdiem. "We have deep IT experience and our solution is proven for both large distributed enterprises and small single location organizations. Due to its easy deployment and fast time to realize savings, the new VBOX reflects the growing demand for energy efficiency solutions in the mid-market, particularly in the education, government, and non-profit hospital sectors, as these organizations are under significant budget pressure and can save jobs by cutting energy waste."

Consolidated IT and Building Controls

With the Fall Edition, Verdiem also is releasing Connect for Smart Buildings, a solution that integrates IT energy controls with building management systems. Connect for Smart Buildings provides facilities and energy managers with visibility and control across facility equipment (such as HVAC, lighting, and security platforms), and IT devices for comprehensive energy management that significantly reduces energy waste.

In addition, Connect for Smart Buildings enables facilities and IT to collaborate on smart building and energy demand shedding scenarios, allowing the building management system to change policies and effect near real-time changes to IT device power consumption. For example, an aggressive energy saving policy could be applied to lower IT's energy draw in order to meet other energy demands on campus or across the smart grid.

Three New Dashboards

In addition, with the Fall Edition, the company is offering Verdiem Dashboards. The role-based Status, Details, and Summary Dashboards provide actionable information to the stakeholders in IT energy management— including executives, facility/energy managers, sustainability officers, and IT professionals.

The Summary Dashboard delivers an at-a-glance view into the organization's total energy savings and corresponding reductions in energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

For IT and energy managers, the Details Dashboard provides a breakdown of energy savings and consumption by attributes such as location, group, device type, and power saving policy.

During deployment and ongoing operations, IT can use the Status Dashboard for visibility at the device-level to track progress and identify any operating issues. IT also can flag devices that are underutilized— and, therefore, possible candidates for elimination, consolidation or virtualization.

"Energy is an expensive and essential resource. The fact that demand is rising and supply is constrained is driving interest in energy management technologies," said Andrew Donoghue, eco-efficient IT analyst at New York City-based 451 Research, adding, "Verdiem is well-placed to benefit from this trend by offering solutions that provide a holistic view of enterprise IT energy consumption.”

Edited by Rich Steeves