Andrew Nusca, editor for ZDNet and SmartPlanet, recently published an interview with our President and CEO, Tom Noonan.
The interview covers Energy in the Global Enterprise, and how receptive businesses around the world are to the growing need for energy management.
From from the article:
The term is “economies of scale,” and it refers to the cost savings seen when a company scales operations, manufacturing or technology up to the point that the price per widget drops.
After all, what’s the advantage of getting bigger if the headaches loom as big as the benefits?
That’s why energy consumption is a key concern for the enterprise: with operations on six continents and literally thousands of employees on hand, you simply can’t keep an eye on everything all the time. But in an age of escalating energy prices, it really matters to your bottom line.
To feel the pulse of what’s going on right now, we called up JouleX chief executive Tom Noonan at his office in Atlanta, Ga. (JouleX specializes in providing energy management to enterprise customers.) He shared with us the pain points his customers are seeing, the global drivers of efficiency and the adverse effects of giving energy management to one department and the bill to the other.
Atlanta-based power management technology company JouleX, which sells an agentless network energy manager by the same name, has updated its software (JouleX Energy Manager version 2.5) to offer better integrate with VMware and better support for Linux and Macintosh client computers. The company also has added a smartphone application that endows the software with smart, automated energy management features.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the new features:
- Native integration with the Cisco EnergyWise application programming interface, the Intel Data Center Manager/NodeManager, VMware vCenter, WinRM device, MAC power management and Active Directory Organizational Units
- Additional features for Linux and Macintosh computers (which are often overlooked by power management software for the enterprise)
- New “power hog” reports that will let you analyze the network-attached devices using the most energy within your organization. You can run emissions reports by location, assess the top 10 biggest power users, look at specific business units, and so on.
- JouleX Mobile, an application that runs on smartphones. Mark Davidson, chief sustainability officer at Joulex, says right now, it is a native iPhone application, but the company has also developed an HTML Android application that will work within a browser. Among other things, the software could be configured to automatically turn off your office lights and computer when you leave your office and turn it back on again when you return, using the global positioning satellite (GPS) information in your device to make decisions.
Read the full story here.
The whole power management utility software space sort of reminds me of the days when security was considered really separately of the network. So perhaps it isn’t surprising that high-tech security entrepreneur, Tom Noonan, co-founder of Internet Security Systems (which as acquired by IBM for $1.5 billion) has opted to return to the industry at the helm of power management policy company Joulex.
The company has closely married the principles of network management with power management: basically, if it’s on the network the Joulex Energy Manager software can turn it off. That includes everything — IP phones, servers, routers, hubs and such.
Noonan says that the policy engine in Joulex helps companies analyze energy consumption and then act to reduce it, in turn reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. These policies can help save between 40 percent and 60 percent of the IP device power consumption in your organization, he estimates.
“We believe in the fact that conservation is the biggest reservoir of energy out there,” Noonan says.
Read the full article here.