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How IT Plug Load is Eating Your Electric Bill

 

With the astronomical growth of devices needed per employee, in enterprises, educational systems, medical facilities, and municipalities around the world, Plug Load costs have climbed steadily for years. Think you know how much energy is being used in your business? These statistics may surprise you!

Plug Load Infographic

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Cisco Live Orlando - Are you here?

 

The JouleX team is having a great time getting to connect with the attendees of Cisco Live Orlando this week. Have you stopped by booth 513 to say hello yet? We'd love to meet you.

Cisco Live Orlando

Don't forget that we're giving away 10 new Cisco Catalyst 2960 Switches, announced by Cisco earlier this month. The Catalyst 2960 is EnergyWise-enabled and will be showcased at the JouleX booth during the event. 

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Cisco Live Orlando - See JouleX and Cisco EnergyWise In Action

 

Coming on the heels of the exciting recent happenings at JouleX, Cisco Live Orlando June 23-27, 2013 couldn’t be held at a better time. We can’t wait to share the latest and greatest JouleX Energy Manager features and capabilities with Cisco EnergyWise.  Please join us at Booth 513 to see all of the great new things JouleX has to share.

Energy Monitoring Displays: Cisco Live Orlando will again feature JouleX Energy Manager monitoring the energy usage for the World of Solutions, including all energy across the network plus the data center setup for the event, providing EnergyWise capabilities throughout the campus environment and data center. The real time monitoring results will be displayed at the JouleX booth, as well as the Cisco Network Operations Center.

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Light-as-a-Service: We would like to give special thanks to NuLEDs Lighting for outfitting our booth with PoE (power over Ethernet) lighting. This will demonstrate JouleX Energy Manager’s integration with our JouleX Ready Partner NuLEDs Lighting as a Service.  The demonstration setup will encompass roughly 12 lights, all powered  and managed through the Cisco switches in our booth.  

Cisco Catalyst 2960 Switch Giveaway! The new Catalyst 2960 switch was announced by Cisco earlier this month. The Catalyst 2960 is EnergyWise-enabled and will be showcased at the JouleX booth during the event. We will be featuring a booth giveaway for 10 of these new switches, in addition to other cool gifts.

Our team connects with more people during Cisco Live events every year. We hope that one of those people will be you! Visit our booth and learn how JouleX Energy Manager benefits you and your customers.

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JouleX Again Recognized as “Cool Vendor” by Gartner

 

Two years ago, JouleX was named one of the Cool Vendors in Green IT and Sustainability, 2011[1] by the Gartner research analyst firm. Today, we are thrilled to announce that Gartner analysts find that we're STILL COOL!

JouleX is one of only two companies making up the Where Are They Now section, with analyst Simon Mingay providing the analysis. Mingay's analysis provides an overview on why JouleX was named to the Cool Vendors list in 2011, and why we're included in their report for 2013.

JouleX, we believe, was recognized in 2011 for our agentless approach to energy management, and our ability to connect to any IP-connected device, which enables companies to manage energy usage of disparate technology and organizational functions in an integrated way.

According to Gartner, “The energy efficiency of buildings remains a key focus for enterprise sustainability programs and vendor solutions.” It also recommends that CIOs “increase collaborative efforts with facilities managers, energy managers and chief sustainability officers to better exploit technologies that increase bottom-up stakeholder engagement in energy efficiency and sustainability programs."

Quote from JouleX President & CEO, Thomas Noonan:

“We consider JouleX’s inclusion in the Cool Vendor report by Gartner an important recognition in the evolution of our JEM technology and that of a maturing market; and one that is placing increased emphasis on the significant cost and carbon benefits of energy management. The increased collaboration between building and energy managers, network administrators, and data center operators has played a significant role in our success, and one that will continue to be of vital importance for those organizations s looking to implement an enterprise-wide approach to energy management.”[2]

 

About Gartner’s Cool Vendors Selection Process

Gartner's listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.

Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn't do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner's interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

[1] Cool Vendors in Green IT and Sustainability, 2011
Authors: Simon Mingay, Stephen Stokes, Milind Govekar
Published 15 April 2011

[2] Cool Vendors 2013: Exploiting the Forces That Empower the Individual and Erode IT Control
Authors: Daryl C. Plummer, Michele Cantara
Published 7 May 2013

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Cisco's Vision Raises them to Top of COOL IT Leaderboard

 

We would like to congratulate Cisco, our strategic partner, on again climbing to the top of the Greenpeace COOL IT Leaderboard. With so much of the criteria tied to IT Energy Impact and innovative Climate Solutions, Cisco can attribute much of this success to their EnergyWise platform and Open Partner Ecosystem. 

As an Energy Management partner in this ecosystem, JouleX is proud to support Cisco EnergyWise. Everyday, we are activating new licenses for the JouleX for Cisco EnergyWise solution as part of the Cisco EnergyWise FastStart program that delivers a free version of the JouleX Energy Manager to Cisco customers who purchase new Catalyst 3K and 4K switches. In this role, we are able to see the global impact enterprises are having on lowering their energy consumption, costs, and reducing their carbon footprints. This is exciting technology and we are proud to see Greenpeace recognize Cisco for this innovation.

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From the Report:

"Cisco regains a share of the top ranking in this year’s Leaderboard, with a 9-point gain from 2012, earning a 1stplace tie with Google at 58 points. Cisco’s leadership improved across each of the three evaluation areas, particularly for updated commitments to manage its energy footprint and increase the amount of renewable energy powering its operations. Cisco continues to maintain its strong position in demonstrating and measuring the energy savings potential of the IT sector, bested only by Fujitsu in the Solutions category, and shows signs of increasing its investment in its solutions offerings, particularly those related to the smart grid. Cisco earns top marks for its increased leadership in addressing its growing energy footprint, with an update to its greenhouse gas (GHG) and renewable energy targets, along with a performance-based commitment to direct its growth toward cleaner sources of electricity and away from coal."


Click here for more information on the Cisco EnergyWise Fast-Start Program with JouleX for EnergyWise program.

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IT Plug Load Best Practices for Managing Energy in the Enterprise

 

The growth and waste of Plug Load Energy is not a new problem for enterprises.  As Globalization has turned the world into a global village, and businesses have become more dependent on instant access to information, Plug Load costs and challenges have grown exponentially. Best Practice suggestions abound but, as most of these practices require physical hardware or depend on training and behavioral changes in employees, they have simply been too expensive to implement on an enterprise scale.

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Best Practices:

To illustrate this, here is one of the standard reports we found for addressing business plug load management: Plug Load Best Practices Guide: Managing Your Office Equipment Plug Load. The Best Practices mentioned in this guide are fairly labor intensive manual processes that do not realistically scale up well. However, the JouleX Energy Manager (JEM) is an excellent platform designed to simplify and automate the management of enterprise IT plug load.

While this is not a comprehensive list, I'd like to share 5 basic steps to getting your IT plug load under control and performing as efficiently as possible for your enterprise.

1.      Create an Inventory and a Baseline

The first step in improving or managing any part of an enterprise is to assess your current status.  When it comes to IT plug load, this is determined by taking a full inventory of your network connected assets to discover what makes up your plug load. In smaller companies, a manual inventory is probably fine. When working with an IT asset inventory for an enterprise class business, automated asset discovery and inventory capabilities are an absolute necessity.

Examples of IT Plug Load devices commonly found in an enterprise:

  • PCs & Monitors
  • VoIP Phones
  • Wireless Access Points
  • Printers & Copiers
  • Servers
  • Network Switches & Routers
  • Video Conferencing Systems

Once an asset inventory has been completed, the next step is to establish a baseline of both energy consumption and system utilization metrics. From this baseline, you can begin to identify energy behavior patterns. Some patterns easily identified are: energy use during certain hours, certain days, with certain types of machines, or certain departments within your enterprise.

2.      Set Goals

After reviewing the patterns identified during the baseline process, use that information to establish initial goals based on your findings. For most enterprises, IT Plug Load goals will be related to reductions in three key areas: KWh used, power bills, and carbon emissions. 

3.      Three Rs of IT Plug Load Energy Reduction

Reduce

Set up policies to power down devices when they aren’t in use, such as outside of standard business hours or after the device has been idle for a defined amount of time. These same policies can also be used to power the devices back up at specified times and/or days of the week.

Remove

Employ utilization reports to identify devices that are unused, redundant, or need to be retired.

Replace

When it’s time to replace or upgrade devices, make the sustainable procurement process as simple as possible with Device Comparison Reports to determine the most energy-efficient and long term cost effective devices for your needs. 

4.      Measure

As you implement the energy management policies, remove energy wasters from your network, and replace old devices with newer and more energy efficient assets, it is important to continually measure your progress. Reports can be generated based on any group of devices you define. From these measurements, not only can you track your progress, but identify more opportunities to save and areas that need policy adjustments for the most efficient energy utilization.

5.      Educate

Engage internal stakeholders and clearly communicate the energy reduction goals. Share the successes and suggestions for other ways they can contribute to achieving your plug load goals throughout the rest of the enterprise.

Through these steps, our customers have realized savings of 30%-60% of the IT plug load energy costs almost immediately, without investing additional resources in manual processes or additional equipment. 

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See the JouleX Energy Manager v4.0 in Action

 

Since the release of JouleX Energy Manager 4.0, we have experienced great traction in the market and our customers are excited about all of the new features and benefits.

New features and benefits include:

  • Distributed Cloud-Based Architecture Improves Scalability and Efficiency
  • Fully Centralized Management Accelerates Time to Value
  • Roles-Based Access and Management Provides Greater Control
  • Multi-Dimensional Graphic Visualization Adds New Visibility (integrates campus and data center floor plans or even network diagrams)
  • Expanded Data Center Infrastructure Coverage for Greater Efficiency in the Data Center

Watch as JouleX CTO, Rene Seeber, and Solution Architect, David Prantl, demonstrate the latest features of the JouleX Energy Manager platform in this short video.

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Managed Energy Services Partner Dimension Data Named Leader

 

JouleX would like to congratulate our Managed Energy Services partner, Dimension Data, on recently being named a leader in Sustainable Technology Services in the annual Green Quadrant® Sustainable Technology Services report by Verdantix.  This report highlighted Dimension Data’s best in class IT energy services. 

dimension data logo Dimension Data provides Managed Energy Services based on the JouleX Energy Manager platform, a highly scalable network-based energy management platform with a centralized cloud-based architecture. This platform enables Dimension Data to deliver comprehensive, feature-rich cloud-based energy management services to their managed network customers around the globe.

Dimension Data also employs the JouleX Energy Manager for their technology lifecycle assessment and consulting services. By using JouleX technology for comparing the energy efficiency of various types of IT devices operating in a customer's environment, replacement costs, and other important factors, Dimension Data can provide a broad range of projections and product replacement options to best serve their customers’ business needs. 

You can read the full announcement by Dimension Data and also get a complimentary copy of the Verdantix report here.

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JouleX Bullish on Energy Mgmt at Swiss Stock Exchange Conference

 

We were honored to participate in the Enterprise Energy Management - Be Energy Wise! conference held at the Swiss Stock Exchange in Zurich today. The conference was hosted by JouleX partner BORN Green Technologies.



JouleX at the Swiss Stock Exchange 

JouleX CEO, Tom Noonan, delivered the executive briefing on taking steps to reduce energy throughout the enterprise.

Excerpt:

It’s time to stop looking over our shoulders and denying the obvious: We are wasting an enormous amount of energy and money and, as a result, we are polluting our environment for generations to come. It is time to look beyond the horizon and start envisioning the future.  

Enterprise Energy Management is a smarter and more scalable way to achieve energy efficiencies across our entire IT infrastructure; our data centers, our distributed networks that automate our offices, even our network attached building management systems like lighting, heating, and cooling.

Enterprise Energy Management is based on the principles of conservation and optimization, on providing the right amount of power dynamically only to those things that need to perform productive work, and minimizing the amount of energy supplied when idle or operating at less than full capacity.  

Enterprise Energy Management begins with having a real time understanding of the energy consumption and utilization/loads on every single device on the network, on every virtual machine processing in the data center and on every aspect of our IT infrastructure. 


Dr. Clemente Minonne, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, delivered the day's keynote speech: How IT can get more visible to the Business. The conference also featured a case study, Why Enterprise Energy Management?, and Cisco Systems shared information about the Cisco Smart Services Impact.

Thank you to our partner BORN Green Technologies for hosting this great event. We are thrilled that JouleX has become such an instrumental voice in telling the Enterprise Energy Management story and that this voice has been added to many others showing the enterprise business world that it is possible to cut energy waste and costs, reduce carbon emissions, and easily share those results in a meaningful way.

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Join JouleX and Cisco for DC Tech Days Germany

 

JouleX is on tour again with Cisco; this time demonstrating capabilities for the data center. We are really happy to participate in the Cisco DC Tech Days in Germany, February 28 through April 17. 

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Our energy management presentations will focus on enhancing your Cisco UCS and Nexus infrastructure with capabilities including:

  • Sustainable Procurement
  • Energy Forecasting
  • Data Center Infrastructure Management
  • Dynamic and Centralized Energy Management and Power Capping

The event is free. Choose a convenient date and location and reserve a space today by visiting the Cisco website: http://www.cisco.com/web/DE/events/dctechdays2013/index.html#~Welcome

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Dates

Berlin

10. April 2013

Hamburg

17. April 2013

München

09. April 2013

Stuttgart

11. April 2013

Eschborn

28. Feb 2013

Düsseldorf

10. April 2013

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