Remotely wake PCs when required increasing the efficiency of out-of-hours patching and rebooting, improving the lifespan, health and security of the IT estate
Accurately monitor, analyze and report on power usage and energy consumption, across the enterprise at a granular, device-by-device level
Get visibility into PC activity, user activity and energy usage, thereby, enabling the enterprise to retire unused PCs and desk space, which can save organizations over $8,000 per desk on average
Responsible companies run efficient and sustainable IT. NightWatchman leads to an immediate reduction in carbon footprint, with which you could take advantage of grants/rebates/tax redemption’s wherever available. Accurate and easily comprehensible power reports enable the enterprise to baseline their existing PC energy consumption to enable the identification and elimination of energy waste. The reports reflect actual PC power consumption by manufacturer/model and collate to actual energy cost from your local energy supplier. NightWatchman subsequently allows you to optimize PC power policies centrally across the entire estate allowing you to see the savings obtained at a granular level over time.
US Department of State’s Efficient IT initiatives ensure a 21,000 tonne reduction of its carbon footprint in a few months thanks to PC power management.
Businesses need to run in an efficient and controlled way to minimize waste and better manage costs. NightWatchman provides the enterprise with total control of power management over the entire PC estate, 24 hours a day, thereby leading to major reductions in the energy costs. NightWatchman’s accurate visibility into usage additionally gives the ability to identify unused PCs and related real estate, so that organizations can repurpose in order to save substantial cost. By reducing energy use and carbon footprint or by simply using a PC power management tool, organizations can benefit from energy rebates/tax redemptions/government grants in various parts of the world.
This paper looks at how NightWatchman enables enterprises to retire unused PCs and deskspace, which can save organizations over $8,000 per desk on average through its accurate visibility into usage.
NightWatchman provides you with a secure, robust and seamless Wake on LAN facility (certified to Common Criteria (EAL2) & FIPS), without the need for additional servers. NightWatchman comes with the ability to manage the end to end power & patch management lifecycle – including waking up a PC, patching it and putting it back to desired low power mode at any point in time, ensuring that the PC estate is fully patched but additionally operating at a significantly reduced cost.
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority halves PC energy use with NightWatchman and increases energy efficiency of Authority’s entire PC estate.
By implementing scheduled NightWatchman power actions and power schemes, the organization can ensure that the PC estate is only consuming the most efficient amount of energy required for when the PC is in use. Providing the ability to group machines by location and/or organisation the solution allows for the application of power policy to any level of granularity that might be required.
NightWatchman reports the power usage behaviour of every individual client system in your enterprise. By matching every client to its own specific make and model energy consumption characteristics, NightWatchman reporting is able to accurately report the specific energy consumed by the individual, business unit or the entire enterprise PC estate. Combining automatically defined power baselines with this power usage detail ensures highly accurate savings reporting to easily demonstrate the value achieved in sustainability reporting requirements and recognised by energy provider rebate schemes.
Connecting the organizations NightWatchman implementation to the ActiveEfficiency.com 1E cloud enables dynamic updating of hardware power consumption data with 1E’s extensive hardware power catalog. Synchronization with the cloud based power data catalog ensures any new make and model of machine entering the organisation is rapidly and automatically identified and their details are updated to ensure NightWatchman is always reporting as accurately as possible.
The cost of energy being consumed throughout the organisation can vary greatly between different buildings, countries and the energy suppliers used. NightWatchman provides the ability to apply different energy tariffs as necessary to any grouping structure created and ensures the energy consumption reported by clients is translated directly to the cost of the energy where it was consumed. Defining energy tariffs ensures even the largest and most distributed organizations can report accurately on the energy cost savings achieved regardless of any energy pricing variations.
To ensure user acceptance of an active power management strategy it is important the technology used always ensures there is no user disruption caused. NightWatchman achieves this by implementing a number of automated features to enhance the user experience. NightWatchman is able to safely power down any unused machine even if the user has left open unsaved work by ensuring all applications are gracefully shutdown and any unsaved documents are backed up prior to executing the power down. This saved work is presented back to the user at next log on so they can continue their work as it was left. Similarly NightWatchman scheduled power downs are automatically postponed when user activity is detected to avoid any unnecessary interactions with the user.
NightWatchman includes specific reports that can identify PC hardware in the organisation that is either completely unused or is being underutilized. With this information the organisation can identify and remove redundant hardware from the estate and ensure only what is needed remains. This drives further operational cost savings from IT as we avoid unnecessary management of these devices. Similarly this reporting could be used instead to identify valuable but unused hardware so this can be re-appropriated for use elsewhere in the organisation where there is demand for new hardware.
The NightWatchman agent is also available for Apple PCs running all of the latest versions of the Mac OS. The NightWatchman agent enables the seamless inclusion of Mac clients within a constant PC power management strategy across all client devices regardless of hardware or operating system.
The NightWatchman PC power management solution also includes WakeUp, a highly scalable enterprise ready Wake On LAN solution to deliver out of hours systems management capability. Effective PC power management ensures machines are kept in a low power state when they are not being utilized. By itself, this can be a barrier to the IT department’s effective management of client devices, since patching and other regular maintenance tasks may be missed out of hours or when machines are in low power states. To complete the cycle of effective PC power management, NightWatchman ensures all client systems remain manageable by providing the ability to wake targeted clients for maintenance windows or on demand without requiring any network router configuration.
WakeUp integrates directly with the latest versions of SCCM to wake clients based on deployment policy and schedules. Administrators use SCCM to plan and schedule systems management deployment tasks, with WakeUp ensuring the tasks begin on schedule by automatically waking all targeted clients at the required time or by refreshing client policy on machines that are already powered on. NightWatchman ensures efficient energy usage when performing systems management tasks by identifying clients woken for this purpose and identifies that once these SCCM tasks have completed, those clients will return to their previous powered down state.
WakeUp also delivers full support for out of hours client systems management with other toolsets by its own independent control mechanism. NightWatchman power policy can includes alarm clocks for waking machines to be ready and available in the morning and machines can be woken with a scheduled WakeUp to begin a set maintenance window which NightWatchman will complete by returning the PC to the low power state.
NightWatchman provides a remote WakeUp capability to ensure all office based resources remain accessible for remote or weekend working even if they are actively power managed. Web WakeUp provides a web based interface for the user to Wake their own registered devices. An iPhone application is also available from the iTunes store to further enhance the users remote WakeUp options.
The NightWatchman management console has been designed to ensure ease of management of the NightWatchman clients and their power policy. Its intuitive design enables administrators to quickly define and implement power policy/policies for clients with any level of granularity required. The Console Query interface allows administrators easy access to underlying power and inventory detail across all NightWatchman clients. This can be further enhanced by easily extending functionality with custom actionable extensions. The extensible interface allows the administrator to quickly and easily interrogate all NightWatchman resources and further streamline operations by allowing the creation and integration of custom command line tools to perform on demand actions on target clients.