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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.

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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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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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Video: Scott Paisley at Green IT and Cloud Summit 2012

 

We have received a lot of great feedback for Scott Paisley's, Americas Technology Director, presentation at the Green IT andScott Paisley Cloud Summit 2012* last month and we are pleased to share with you some video from his opening.

*Green IT & Cloud Summit 2012 is a one day conference on April 18 in Vienna, VA and brings together leaders from the private and public sectors to transform the ideas around sustainable information technology generated during the 2010 GreenGov Symposium into actionable plans. It also provides a forum to forge the strategic alliances and partnerships necessary to realize the promise of sustainable IT for federal, state and local agencies.

This day was packed full of great information by knowledgeable industry professionals, and we were thrilled to be able to participate in that. Take a look at the video clip below to see just a small portion of the information shared. 

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JouleX Participating at Green IT Summit

 

JouleX is proud to participate at today's Green IT Summit in Herndon, VA. JouleX Technical Director Scott Paisley is delivering a presentation this morning on the benefits of employing enterprise energy management solutions. JouleX has also been named a finalist for its Energy Management award.

If you are in the area, please drop by and say hello to Scott and to our Federal Director, Tom Ebert. They are demonstrating a host of new features in the JouleX Energy Manager platform. The event is showcasing great solutions and speakers from across the industry and we are proud to participate.

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The event is hosted by the Green IT Council. The Green IT Council is a non-profit initiative started by leading experts in the IT Industry. The purpose of the Green IT Council is to educate IT professionals, managers, and government on the need for eco-friendly technology. The council works with leading experts to determine a standard for Eco-friendly technology, and the true environmental impact. It recognizes and awards companies showing a forward thinking view of technology and its environmental impact. www.greenITcouncil.org

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Scott Paisley Speaks at 2012 Building Energy Summit

 

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JouleX's Americas Technology Director, Scott Paisley, will speak on Energy Management: Reducing Demand and Improving ROI at the 2012 Building Energy Summit in Washington DC on March 15.

Regarding the Summit, Paisley had this to say: “At JouleX, we are always excited to participate in events that bring attention to the challenges of Energy Management, like the DC Energy Summit. I enjoy the opportunity to meet with our customers, discuss their energy challenges and needs, and provide them with technology that helps reduce energy intensity and lower costs!”

If you are in the Washington, DC area, please come out to join us.

To learn about future events attended by JouleX team members, take a look at our News & Events page.

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"The Summit will combine keynote presentations by industry leaders, educational breakout sessions for hands-on learning, case studies demonstrating real projects and real results, and networking opportunities to meet colleagues and solution providers. You’ll hear from owners of the most efficient buildings in town who have slashed energy costs up to 40 percent! Most importantly, you’ll leave with an action plan to achieve your energy conservation goals."

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Congratulations Sparkasse Pforzheim Calw

 

JouleX congratulates banking customer Sparkasse Pforzheim Calw for winning this year’s Green IT Best Practices award!

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At the Green IT Summit, held by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in Berlin, Sparkasse Pforzheim Calw was awarded the Green IT Best Practices award for its sustainability initiatives to address energy and cost inefficiencies of its Self Service devices (ATM machines, statement printers).

Sparkasse Pforzheim Calw has 150 bank branches, 174 ATM machines, and 170 statement printers.  With no visibility or reporting capabilities, Sparkasse was challenged by the inability to prove success or failure of their energy saving initiatives. They sought a solution that could capture the energy consumption of the entire IT network, while adhering to strict security requirements that disallowed software installation or hardware meters on individual end devices.

JouleX is thrilled to be part of the solution to these challenges, and part of the overall Sparkasse Pforzheim Calw sustainability initiative.  As a direct result of the JouleX implementation, over the course of 400 days, Sparkasse Pforzheim Calw has realized a savings of 40 MWh reduction in energy consumption  from:

  • 50-80% for the ATMs and Statement Printers
  • 67% for Windows PCs
  • 33% for servers
  • Additional electricity savings on cooling, due to less heat generated by devices

Additionally, they found savings in terms of

  • 24.5 tons reduction of CO2 emissions
  • Extended life of power managed devices
  • Reduction in maintenance operations costs

The JouleX Team commends Sparkasse Pforzheim Calw for their accomplishments achieved through their sustainability initiatives. Most of all, we are proud to be part of their solution.

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ROI Imperative in Green IT Transition

 

Everywhere you turn; it seems that the entire world is talking about Green IT, Sustainability, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Enterprises are now inundated with information about products and services that span the spectrum from poorly disguised Greenwashing to industry changing innovation. Clearly, all of these products and services are not created equal. For companies dedicated to improving their ecological footprint as well as their fiscal responsibility, money is the REAL Green in Green IT.

Energy Management companies are a primary example of this. To know if an energy management product or service is right for your enterprise, it is imperative that you know what benefits you should be receiving from it.

Any technology used to manage energy in the enterprise should be able to clearly and quickly demonstrate a Return on Investment (ROI) in a reasonable amount of time. Without an accurate reporting mechanism to demonstrate ROI, there is no way to determine the success of energy management programs or make the financial case for implementation of programs.

Just as important is the knowledge that standard ROI calculations only tell part of the story. Organizations should look beyond ROI into other savings opportunities to see the full picture.

The Big Picture in Energy Management ROI:

Energy Savings – The first and obvious ROI calculation in Energy Management is the reduction in energy spending. However, most solutions don’t provide a way to break out the energy usage of a company by department, cost center, or any other factor. To determine the success or failure of energy management initiatives, this data is a key factor.

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When you take a step back and look at the larger picture, you see that the right energy management platform can change the entire ROI landscape of the enterprise’s sustainability initiatives.

Sustainable ProcurementThe ability to factor the Total Cost of Ownership (energy consumption, asset utilization, and capital equipment costs) into the purchase decision of IT Equipment, in an automated way, can significantly improve the procurement process for IT departments and CFOs alike. When the IT department can immediately calculate that the amount of energy being drawn by a legacy server costs more than the costs to procure and power a new server over the life of the product, ROI is boosted even further.

VirtualizationAutomatic identification of ideal candidates for consolidation, virtualization, and cloud projects can take the efficiency of your enterprise to a whole new level. By identifying equipment for retirement, upgrade, or virtualization, it’s easy to see the achievable savings almost immediately.

Capacity Planning – The ability to fully visualize and utilize the IT infrastructure capacity that you currently have eases capacity planning challenges. This means that enterprises no longer have to struggle with over-building to ensure service levels are met.

These are just a few, but very critical factors in the Energy Management ROI picture. If the solutions you're looking at don't provide these benefits at a bare minimum, contact JouleX and see the whole picture.

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Today is Power IT Down Day!

 
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This afternoon kicks off the 4th Annual Power IT Down Day, an even that  "encourages public sector agencies, and the industries that serve them, to power down their computers, printers, monitors and other peripherals at the end of the work day on August 26 in an effort to help the government reduce its energy consumption."

For the second year in a row Power IT Down falls on a Friday, providing a great opportunity for an even larger reduction in energy usage.

We encourage all enterprises to participate in Power IT Down Day. Go to their website and sign up! 

When you power everything back up on Monday... come take a look at the JouleX Energy Manager and learn how you can automate the reduction of energy waste every day.

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Vodafone on Green IT and JouleX: part 1

 

JouleX co-founder and chief architect, Josef Brunner, recently participated in a Vodafone video webcast on Green IT. It was a great discussion. Here's part one. Enjoy!

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The Internet is not as Green as you think

 

The Internet is not as Green as you think

Sure, the Internet helps reduce pollution by speeding data around the globe without the use of gas-guzzling, carbon-emitting planes, trains and automobiles. But what about the Web’s carbon footprint? It’s actually bigger than you think…a lot bigger according to a recent article in The Vancouver Sun, which ranks the Internet’s appetite for power right up there with the aviation industry.

The Internet’s voracious energy consumption may come as a surprise to the average person. But we suspect CIOs, data center managers and IT professionals have been struggling with this dirty little secret for some time. It takes large data centers, routers and switches to support the highly efficient Internet economy—and this equipment doesn’t run on hamster power. According to The Vancouver Sun:

Apple's 46,000-square-metre iDataCenter is set to open in North Carolina this spring with a price tag of $1 billion U.S.. It will use an estimated 100 megawatts of power — as much as about 100,000 Canadian homes.

Apple's mega-facility is part of a cluster of gigantic new data centres coming on line in North Carolina that are powered largely by cheap and highly polluting coal power. Google has a 44,000-square-metre data centre in the state that eventually will consume an estimated 60 to 100 MW. Facebook has a 28,000-square-metre facility under construction there that will eat up 40 MW.

Finding sustainable, renewable energy sources is a global challenge. But how can we as IT professionals contribute closer to home? We can’t roll back the rising tides of data, but we can address and reduce energy waste in our own data centers.

According to Forrester Research, nearly 30 percent of servers are “dead” or underutilized. In addition, the average server utilization is a mere eight to 12 percent. We believe solving these problems is achievable with accurate measurement, intelligent analysis and proactive, policy-based control. 

What do you think? Do you know what the greatest culprit of energy waste is within your organization? Comment below. We would love to get your thoughts.

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