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Feb 25 2009   5:34AM GMT

Cisco’s innovative EnergyWise technology improves Green Practices

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan

If you all are looking for a complete green solution for your Data Center using Cisco Catalyst® switches, there is good news with Cisco EnergyWise software.  The most interesting fact of the innovative Cisco EnergyWise technology for Cisco Catalyst® switches that measures, reports and reduces the energy consumption of Internet Protocol (IP) devices such as phones, laptops and access points. Cisco also announced industry partner solutions along with an intelligent middleware acquisition that will ultimately enable the management of power consumption for entire building systems such as lights, elevators, and air conditioning and heating.

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  • Cisco EnergyWise was purpose-built in alignment with Cisco’s vision of how networking technology can support a low-carbon economy, cut energy use and promote overall environmental sustainability.
  • Cisco EnergyWise is part of the company’s technology roadmap for changing the value-chain of information technology (IT) by placing the intelligent network squarely at the center of how companies reduce greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions across their entire organization.
  • Cisco EnergyWise will roll out in three phases to improve IT and building system energy utilization:
    • In the first phase (February 2009), Network Control, Cisco EnergyWise will be supported on Catalyst switches and manage the energy consumption of IP devices such as phones, video surveillance cameras and wireless access points.
    • In the next phase (Summer 2009), IT Control, there will be expanded industry support of EnergyWise on devices such as personal computers (PCs), laptops and printers.
    • In the final phase (Early 2010), Building Control, Cisco EnergyWise will be extended to the management of building system assets such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), elevators, lights, employee badge access systems, fire alarm systems and security systems.
  • Cisco EnergyWise provides real-time, granular measurement capabilities to give chief information officers better visibility into energy savings across an entire organization as well as specific places in the network such as the campus, branch office and data center .
  • Cisco EnergyWise supports currently deployed Catalyst switches worldwide with a free software upgrade and new Catalyst switches beginning in February 2009.
  • Cisco is working with Schneider Electric for building utility management, SolarWinds for network monitoring, and Verdiem for monitoring PC power in order to extend EnergyWise as a platform for power management across IT and the building systems of an organization by early 2010.
  • Cisco also announced the acquisition of Richards-Zeta’s intelligent middleware to provide simplified and cost-effective interoperability and integration between building infrastructure, IT applications and Cisco EnergyWise.
  • The new Cisco Green Business Value Calculator provides customers with projected cost and GhG emission-saving results from adopting Cisco EnergyWise and other green technologies such as Cisco TelePresenceTM, Cisco WebExTM and Cisco Unified Communications.
  • Cisco also introduced adaptive power management functionality in the Cisco Wireless Control System to save power by enabling customers to turn off redundant radios during off hours.

Supporting Quotes:

  • “Cisco believes that information technology has the power to transform the way the world manages its environmental and energy challenges. With EnergyWise, Cisco is uniquely positioned to help our customers gain a networkwide view of energy consumption that encompasses not only device-level power, but in the future entire network efficiency, building operations and business practices across an entire organization,” said Judy Lin, senior vice president of the Ethernet Switching technology group for Cisco.
  • “With the organizationwide visibility that Cisco EnergyWise provides, we anticipate potential annual reduced energy savings of 15 to 20 percent conservatively across our portfolio of commercial office buildings. This could equate to energy savings of 19 to 33 cents a square foot, which over the course of a year could be thousands of dollars in energy related savings,” said Jeff Ton, vice president of IT for Lauth Property Group.
  • “As a global specialist in energy management, we help our customers to make the most of their energy,” said Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO of Schneider Electric. “Today, through the monitoring and control of energy usage with energy efficiency products, Schneider Electric’s solutions deliver up to 30 percent energy savings to residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Using the network as a platform through Cisco EnergyWise, we will be able to bring additional reductions in energy consumption, offering our customers an efficient, simple, and reliable infrastructure.”
  • “With SURVEYOR, Verdiem’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of technology has already helped our customers save up to 60 percent of their PC networks’ energy consumption. Verdiem is proud to be working towards a Cisco EnergyWise enterprise network energy management agreement because not only is EnergyWise good corporate citizenship, but in the future it will also help improve business performance and most importantly, gives corporations a reliable way to meet their sustainability goals,” said Jeremy Jaech, Verdiem’s CEO.
  • “SolarWinds provides powerful, simple and affordable network management solutions to thousands of IT organizations around the world. Within the year, the integration of Cisco EnergyWise and SolarWinds Orion Network Performance Monitor will allow network engineers to easily manage energy use alongside the other metrics they monitor on a daily basis,” said Kenny Van Zant, chief product strategist.

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  • JGeisler
    Mr. Safir. I want to thank you for posting about Cisco's EnergyWise technology and how it can help organizations increase efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint with green innovations in Cisco's product portfolio. Cisco's EnergyWise goes well beyond IT. This innovative technology used in conjunction with other Cisco products and partner products will ultimately extend into a common architecture that includes control and optimization of all energy-using equipment within buildings. These converged systems include heating and air conditioning, lighting, security, and others. I'm always pleased to see that Cisco is noted for advancements in technology that can improve the way people work and live. --Jennifer Geisler, Senior Manager of Network Systems Networking and Switching for Cisco
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