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Energy Management: A row of computers

I was looking at Microsoft’s Green Blog only the other day and it struck me that when it comes to energy management, however much we try to be green and reduce our power consumption on appliances, actually it was the construction of the device that accounts for the majority of its environmental footprint.  Of course the best energy management solution is not to have the device at all. Ultimately we should work smarter and not over-provision ourselves. This is all too common a challenge in large enterprises and data centers too. At 1E, we are pioneering how to tackle efficiency through identifying unused software and unnecessary hardware, which can be recycled, decommissioned, or better still not be bought in the first place.

Do you know which desktops aren’t being used?

In our IT Energy Management Solution, NightWatchman Enterprise, the PC Estate Profiler identifies used PCs by date and location. User interaction is measured through keyboard and mouse activity for a defined number of minutes every hour and this information is sent to a central reporting server.

This data gives a company the ability to see the number of desks in each building (per floor/ subnet) that are being used or not, and will highlight deficiencies. It would be an extremely hard task to obtain any meaningful data if this was manually monitored due to home working, and the time it would take to collate this information every day.

The ability to report on hardware utilization is an extremely useful strategic decision-making tool. It shows up trends on usage and Facilities and Property Management teams can look into using their office space smarter, by providing hot desks and using existing facilities more effectively, lower the energy footprint, and ultimately reduce costs for the business. Additionally it can be used to create power policies that are in tune with user behaviour.

How many of your servers are idling?

Energy management doesn’t confine itself to desktops. Using 1E’s ‘Useful Work’ technology, as part of an unused server software solution, AppClarity can determine whether server software is doing any useful work. In fact one in six of all servers is not doing anything at all except for some housekeeping tasks such as virus scanning or receiving software updates, none of which is providing value to the business – in fact quite the reverse. AppClarity identifies costly unused software which can be reclaimed which enables the server to be reassigned or decommissioned. Here again, this intelligence leads to a rationalized server environment and better energy management.

Nomad 2012 has a great track record in enabling cost avoidance by reducing servers. Nomad 2012’s Peer-to-Peer (P2P) based distribution and redundancy mechanisms allows an organization to dramatically reduce infrastructure servers by 95% or more, without introducing any risks such as a single point of failure or client overhead. Such an example is Saint-Gobain which had a 97% reduction in expected branch server investment thanks to deploying Nomad, and was able to cut the number of necessary branch servers from 6000 to 200.

Informed decisions, improved bottom line

Ultimately, once you are armed with the right information and visibility into your hardware and software estate you can make a difference. Software that makes efficiencies, saves you money and reduces your environmental footprint must be a no-brainer.

Su Kent | Corporate Marketing Manager

To discuss the issues surrounding energy management further, or to learn more about 1E’s energy management solutions, contact us at info@1e.com, or join our LinkedIn forum, 1E INSIDEV1EW.

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1E wins Green IT Award for fourth year running for NightWatchman Enterprise

 

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Green IT Magazine hosted their annual awards for Green IT in London last week. The evening started with a drinks reception which allowed everyone to catch up with old friends and start to make new ones. Following a short speech from Richard French from BCS The Chartered Institute for IT.

After a bit of fun entertainment from British comedian Stephen Grant, who admirably made the best out of a very tough niche subject to make light of, the awards followed presented by Sarah Fraser from Rainforest Concern, this year's proud sponsors of the Green IT Awards.

Sarah advised that this year, instead of a plaque or commemorative trophy award, the winners were awarded the sponsorship of one acre of rainforest in The Choco Andean Rainforest Project in northwest Ecuador to help to preserve the bio-diversity found in the region.

This means that the winner of each category not only helped in part by making the IT industry more eco-friendly but were also sponsoring an acre of rainforest in Ecuador.

1E are proud to say that we are now among one of the several organizations that has won a Green IT Award, sponsor an acre of rainforest in Ecuador, and are also one of the two companies to have won a Green IT Award for four years consecutively since it had begun!

 

Energy Efficiency Solution of the Year

Winner: 1E1E NightWatchman Enterprise

Runner Up: Energy Software Solutions – ESSaver PUE

 

We’d like to thank all those who had voted for us and you can click here to check for a full list of winners.

If you have not heard of NightWatchman before, Nightwatchman Enterprise is a PC Power Management solution that helps you to reduce your energy consumption and your CO2 emissions.

It dispels common misconceptions around PC power management with its user-friendly approach and helps to give admins accurate power consumptions reporting across the entire estate taking into account any complex power tariffs or schemes.

A lot of hard work has gone into making this solution and we're extremely proud to have so many customers enjoying NightWatchman and winning another Green IT Award.

Here's a picture of me proudly sporting our award:

Green IT Award 2013 Nightwatchman Henry truong

Henry Truong | Technical Audience Executive at 1E

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1E are at the Green IT Award tonight for the fourth year

Now in their fourth year the Green IT Awards look to showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions as well as the companies and organisations that have made a significant contribution to improving the IT industry's environmental performance over the past 12 months.

Also for the fourth year, 1E will be there.

Nominations opened on December 19th, 2012 when this year's categories were announced. Successful companies have gone through to the finals of which 1E are proud to be one of them. We we’re up for three categories:

Energy Efficiency Solution of the Year: 1E1E NightWatchman Enterprise

Green IT Magazine Product of the Year: 1E1E NightWatchman Enterprise

Green IT Magazine Company of the Year: 1E

Fun fact: Did you know that 1E and one other organization are the only ones to win an award every year since the Green IT Awards first began?

Let’s hope we can keep that trend going.

1E NightWatchman at GreenITAwards

Henry Truong | Technical Audience Executive at 1E

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Face facts, WE are responsible for the “unseasonal” weather

I lost count of the number of people who commented on the unseasonal weather whilst out going about my business this weekend. Here, in Sheffield, we had about 15cm of snow fall over the course of Friday and Saturday. This was described as being “dreadful” and “foul” by some of my fellow shoppers, who were panic buying all the milk, bread and meat they could get their hands on. I have to say, I made the most of it and had a great time playing with my dog Pippa. She particularly enjoyed me throwing snowballs over drifts more than a metre deep in our local park where she would land submerged in soft powdery snow. Here’s an action shot.

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Joking aside, there is a reason for this unseasonal weather. Prof Sir John Beddington, the UK government's chief scientist is quoted in the news today saying that there is already enough CO2 in the atmosphere for there to be more floods and droughts over the next 25 years. Because the planet’s climate system operates slowly, there are long delays in CO2 level rises in the atmosphere. This means weather patterns we’re seeing now are as a result of CO2 emissions emitted more than 20 years ago. Governments across the globe are just not meeting Green House Gas reduction targets. We need to accept the fact that we will see more and more weather anomalies over the next 20 to 30 years.

"The [current] variation we are seeing in temperature or rainfall is double the rate of the average. That suggests that we are going to have more droughts, we are going to have more floods, we are going to have more sea surges and we are going to have more storms.”

Do something NOW for your children and your grandchildren

We should all be making an effort to reduce our carbon footprint. In our personal lives we have a responsibility to our children and our children’s children. Whether it is recycling, driving less or driving a smaller car, flying less or just consuming less stuff. We basically need to be less selfish and less consuming.

But what about at work?

Does your organization take measures to reduce its environmental impact? In our office, we recycle pretty much everything now. We underwent an office refurbishment project a couple of years ago, and in the process, energy saving lighting was installed and carpets made from recycled bottles was laid. We also use our own power management solution for shutting PCs down at the end of the day and at weekends. This is a very simple and effective way of reducing CO2. After all, why should a device be left on when no one is using it, you wouldn’t do that at home. Sadly some people just don’t care when they are not paying the bills and for their own convenience they chose to leave their PC on. Well guess what? There is a way to switch devices off and it won’t inconvenience users.

Read about power management with NightWatchman Enterprise

You, as an employee have the power to influence and make a positive difference to our future.

Michelle Hazelton | Product Manager, 1E

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We’re in the running for two BusinessGreen Leader awards!

BusinessGreen has today announced the full shortlist for the annual BusinessGreen Leaders Awards and we’re pleased to say that 1E made the cut again this year!

We are shortlisted for Best Green IT project with our customer
Newham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which saved 143 metric tonnes in CO2 and of 264,552 KWh of electricity per year as a result of deploying NightWatchman Enterprise across 1,500 PCs. Read more about Newham Hospitals’ PC power management project in this article from The Guardian.

 

More good news is that our founder and CEO, Sumir Karayi has been shortlisted for the prestigious Leader of the Year award. 1E, the company that Sumir founded back in 1997 has made a significant contribution to sustainable IT and energy efficiency, such as collectively reducing our customers C02 emissions by 6.4m tonnes; that’s the equivalent emissions from 1.5 coal-fired power stations in one year, so we’re pleased to see him being recognized for his efforts!

 

The awards dinner will take place at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington on Wednesday 4th July – and you’ll definitely see us there!  Places are strictly limited, but if you are a customer of 1E’s and are interested in joining us, please email karolina.shaw@1E.com with no more than 50 words explaining what PC power management, server energy efficiency or 1E means to your organisation.


Sustainability from Carpets to Computers

 

I have to admit that I hadn’t even heard of UL Environment until last week.  They have come to my attention recently however due to their Sustainable Product Certification scheme, which can certify a quite diverse group of products, including carpets (yes really) and IT equipment..

UL also offer testing for the well known Energy Star program, but it is their recent certification of the upcoming Lenovo ThinkPad420, a notebook that is due to be launched later in February that has launched their product sustainability efforts. Here’s a short video from Lenovo and UL that illustrates the process quite well..

 

Lenovo and UL on product sustainability

 

Some of the things that are examined during the review process include product documentation, Energy Star 5.0 compliance, and manufacturing. By going beyond the well trodden Energy Star path and venturing into manufacture and component sourcing for instance, the UL certification takes IT product selection to the next phase.

In the future when selecting your IT equipment upgrade you will be able to choose your supplier and model based on a much more comprehensive set of tests as the UL assessment builds on the IEEE 1680 sustainability standard, which also guides the more familiar EPEAT green technology certification process.

Once testing is complete and a product is certified, information about it is included on the UL Database of Validated and Certified Products, an online tool that allows you to identify sustainable products by product category, company name, product name or standard.At the moment the content there is a bit sparse, but as products are added it looks like becoming the one-stop shop for sustainable sourcing.

Early days for this, but we’ll be keeping an eye on this one as it sounds like it just might take a lot of the current legwork out of Green IT product selection.


There’s Not Enough Love in the (IT) World

When I first came across this article by Dan Tynan over at Infoworld, I found it amusing, but moved on to other things. On reflection however, the more I mulled over things the more it struck a chord.. Here’s a snippet from the opening paragraph:

IT pros do battle every day — with cyber attackers, stubborn hardware, buggy software, clueless users, and the endless demands of other departments within their organization. But few can compare to the conflicts raging within IT itself.

How true. But what Dan’s point is a very serious one. I can clearly remember working on several projects where the planning and implementation of a large Systems Management infrastructure paled into insignificance against the unholy wars that raged within IT. These arguments varied between budgets, boundaries, support, management buy-in and security to name a few. Some of these disputes were so vociferous and went on for so long that I started to wonder if some of the individuals involved actually worked for the competition!

As Dan states in a great line from his piece, ‘Programmers wage war with infrastructure geeks. IT staff butts heads with IT management. System admins battle for dominance. And everybody wishes security would just leave them alone.’

Here’s a possible example.

The IT Projects Team embarks on a Green IT project. Selecting a PC Power Management product, possibly evaluating several and eventually selecting 1E’s NightWatchman (of course!). The problems usually start when the Operations Team are informed that they have a shiny new piece of software to not only roll out, but support for the foreseeable future. And to make matters worse, this pesky software is going to turn all of their lovely desktops off. Every Evening! Instant conflict.

Then the Security Team get’s wind of things. So there’s this software out there that going to log off users, trash all of their work and power off their computer. What!? More problems.

Oh, and by the way, this software need a new database. The Database Team won’t mind another one will they? Are you starting to get the picture?

What we may have in play here are large egos, poor management and lack of leadership, combined with overzealous team loyalties. Yet these issues can be avoided by some simple communications.

For a start the project team should outline the benefits of the software to the Operations Team. Explain the cost savings, improved computer health and CO2 savings. Discuss the same with user groups (it’s their workplace machines that will be affected!), and try not to be too patronizing! Apply the same principals to all teams. Yes, even the security dudes,  you will have to tell them sooner or later!

With Green IT projects in particular, it is sometime difficult to ‘sell’ the concept to other teams, especially if they don’t directly benefit from the cost savings. IT departments don’t usually pay the energy bills and see nothing other than a cost in terms of time and effort in deploying a PC Power Management solution.

At 1E we can help to ‘spread the love’ within IT. We have some amazing battle hardened and highly decorated Systems Engineers out there who have come across every type of IT Turf War in their time (and fought in a few!). We can help to bring teams together to a point of understanding a collaborative working so that your Green IT project runs like clockwork. It’s all in the communication. We can enter the fray, like the United Nations of common sense, implementing a ceasefire and get all warring parties around the table.

Remember, Green IT projects not only save money and help improve the bottom line, (and let’s not forget that IT is there to support the bottom line) they help to reduce our impact on the planet.

We need to love our planet a bit more, love the Ops team, love the Database Dudes, and yes, even Security guys need a hug sometimes too…


Whitepaper: How to Green Your Data Center

 

Great little publication here from consulting firm Teladata and the excellent non-profit IMFA Foundation. It’s quite an in-depth guide to ‘greening’ your data center, from planning through to execution.

It starts out with how to approach your plan, working through power measurement including PUE, virtualization and consolidation, and even includes a section on how to retire your obsolete IT assets in a sustainable way. A section on server power management in more detail would have been useful however!

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There are some useful ‘cheat sheet’ tables which detail each task, the cost level and benefits so that you can easily prioritize your actions.

Several useful case studies are included so you can see how others have done things, and right at the end there is even a letter of communication which can be used to put your case across to the execs who need convincing. Cool!

All in all a useful resource to have if you are thinking of embarking on an IT For Sustainability (ITFS) project in your data centers, although you need to remember that servers can be power managed and monitored to achieve maximum savings rather that simple consolidating and decommissioning.

Take a look at the paper here.


Report Highlights IT For Sustainability

As Green IT in particular and Business Sustainability in general moves firmly into the mainstream, so reporting is becoming a must-have at all levels of participation. As companies implement Green IT projects and other business wide energy and carbon reduction strategies it’s becoming clear that reporting and planning will play a huge role in pulling it all together.

We’ve seen forward thinking companies tackling energy waste by going for the ‘low hanging fruit’ or quick win projects like PC Power Management, and implementing a change to low wattage light bulbs for instance, but as companies move to a broader sustainability plan and move onto deeper and more complex strategies such as server power management and data center efficiency projects, more analytical reporting is being seen as a key tool.

Just as I was thinking along these lines, I came upon some supporting evidence in the form of a report from Deloitte on this very topic. The report, entitled Analytics For the sustainable Business suggests that existing software may not be up to the job, and that by applying ‘sustainability analytics’ companies can better target their efforts by measuring current projects and working out feasibilities for new ones.

Here’s what they have to say about Green IT for instance.

What does information technology have to do with sustainability and climate change? Some people might say that it’s all about “green IT” – but they’d only be partly right. While green IT efforts aimed at reducing the IT function’s energy and resource consumption can yield tangible cost savings in addition to carbon footprint reductions, that’s only a small part of the potential value technology can drive for a company’s corporate sustainability and climate change program. To capture the rest of that value, leaders should embrace IT for sustainability, or ITFS – an approach that views technology as an essential enabler of a company’s sustainability efforts.

For me, it’s satisfying to see a more long term approach being taken to such issues. IT for Sustainability (ITFS), or IT Efficiency in general can play a huge role in the overall sustainable behavior of any company, small or large, and here at 1E we’re ideally place to help bring about those positive long term changes.

It’s a thought provoking report, and at only six pages, well worth a read on your next coffee break.

http://www.deloitte.com/assets/Dcom-UnitedStates/Local%20Assets/Documents/IMOs/Corporate%20Responsibility%20and%20Sustainability/us_scc_businessanalytics_011711.pdf


The Death of Green IT? May Not be a Bad Thing

 

Green IT was pronounced dead this week, and I’m glad. To be honest I think the death was long overdue, as I really do dislike labels like that. In fact I would go so far as to say that I object to the word ‘Green’ being applied to anything anymore! Green housing, cars, transport, buildings, food, clothes etc etc, stop it now! For us, Green IT was what we used to call best practice..

The proclamation of the demise of so called Green IT comes from a report by Verdantix, entitled Green Quadrant Sustainable Technology Services. Apparently the whole Green IT movement was a fad, which was killed by the 2009 recession, or so says Stuart Neumann, an industry analyst at Verdantix.

In the report, Verdantix analyzed IT service delivery capabilities for building energy efficiency, renewable energy, intelligent transport, electric vehicles, carbon and energy management software, climate change risk modeling and utility smart grid. It seems that Green IT has been eclipsed by the larger concept of ‘Sustainable Technology Services’. You see, they just couldn’t resist another label, so in the coming months be prepared to execute a ‘find and replace’ in all your documented Green IT references!

Seriously though, I do welcome this change as it signifies a shift by companies towards a more joined up approach to sustainability across the board. People are finally realizing that sustainability simply must be built into the business across all sectors in order to remain competitive.

“The sustainable business market opportunity for technology services firms is in transition. Only a handful of thought leaders globally understand where the chips will fall” commented Stuart Neumann, Verdantix Industry Analyst and author of the report. “Technology services firms rooted in outmoded green IT thinking are already losing out on multi-million dollar contracts. Our research found that large multi-nationals and city leaders want IT support for new sustainability initiatives such as electric vehicle infrastructure, offshore wind farms and global carbon management systems. Technology investment in these new areas is much larger than spend on green IT projects like data centre energy efficiency and PC power management.”

Despite my general agreement with the contents of this report, I do think that at the moment only a handful of companies actually get this. Green IT is just like the advance boarding party, and is often the ‘lowest hanging fruit’ of sustainability, so it was inevitable that it should receive the label. In PC and Server Power Management for instance there are still massive savings to be made, and software deployment and licensing remain largely untouched in terms of efficiency and therefore sustainability. In short, we have a long way to go..

 

When, like ourselves here at 1E you have been involved in PC Power Management and other IT efficiency technology for over 10 years, you see buzzwords come and go. Eventually I hope that Sustainable Technology Services goes the way of Green IT and that ‘green-ness’ and sustainability doesn’t need to be waved around like a big stick, because here at 1E it’s simply the way that we do, and have always done business.